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Malawi Macadamia Farmers Cultivate Business Skills Alongside Nut Trees

Global Tea, one of Malawi’s top macadamia producers, saw an opportunity to help small-scale farmers in Malawi improve their livelihoods— while also securing more macadamia nut output to meet consumers’ demand.

Challenge

Malawi remains one of the poorest countries in the world despite making significant economic and structural reforms to sustain economic growth. The economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, employing nearly 80% of the population, and it is vulnerable to external shocks, particularly climatic shocks.

Malawi accounts for 3 percent of the world’s macadamia nut output and is the third largest producer in Africa of macadamia, which has higher earning potential than other crops. But for many smallholders, seedlings are too expensive. They also require patience: It takes five years from the time a macadamia nut tree seedling is planted to its first production of nuts.

Solution

Global Tea, one of Malawi’s top macadamia producers, as well as the country’s largest coffee producer, saw an opportunity to help small-scale farmers in Malawi improve their livelihoods while also securing more macadamia nut output to meet consumers’ demand. Once participants are selected for Global Tea’s project, each farmer receives 100 seedlings. Along with those seedlings comes coaching throughout the planting and growing process as the farmers learn to manage their farm like a business. Finally, once the trees produce nuts, Global Tea guarantees the farmers a buyer for their production.

Half of the farmers in the program are women, ensuring that men and women both benefit from the opportunity to double their income. The project is expected to improve the lives of 3,000 families. 
 

Project Status

Active

Country

Malawi

Funding

Private

Focus area

  • Gender
  • Inclusive Business

Supervising entity

IFC

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The Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) is dedicated to fighting hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in low-income countries by supporting resilient and sustainable agricultural systems that benefit and empower poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers. Since its inception in 2010, GAFSP has received contributions totaling $1.7 billion from Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with funds going to countries that have strategic, innovative, and credible plans already in place to improve agricultural productivity and food security.

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