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Malawi RIU country assessment: Executive summary
Research Into Use
Jim Ellis-Jones, Ebbie Dengu, Munene Kabengi, Ronnie Mwenda, Christine Mtambo

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges the RIU website as the source of this report:


Existing support services provided to rural households can be broadly divided into a number of sub-sectors:

  1. Government, primarily though not exclusively the MoA&FS at national level through to the MoLG&RD at District level.
  2. Farmer representative organisations.
  3. Nine CGIAR centre led networks, each of which is led by a CG centre but includes a platform of stakeholders including Government Research and Extension, NGOs, and the private sector. These networks operate in a number of countries in the Region.
  4. Some 140 NGOs working in the NR sector, approximately 40 international and 100 local NGOs.
  5. Large scale private sector companies including cotton ginneries, dairies, food processors and distributors.
  6. Private sector agri-input suppliers and marketing agents (large, medium and small scale) and
  7. A number of credit agencies ranging from commercial banks through to micro-finance institutions.
The current ongoing SWAP process is intended to provide overall coordination and a strategic programme approach to agriculture development. Notwithstanding these positive developments, rural households are still faced with a large number of support agencies, often funded by different donors, and often working with little coordination and communication between sub-sectors or even within sub-sectors.

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