The Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains (INVC) project is designed to implement USAID’s Feed the Future (FTF) and Global Health Initiative (GHI) strategies with the aim to sustainably reduce rural poverty and improve nutritional outcomes. INVC, which is USAID/Malawi’s flagship FTF project, runs from April 2012-April 2015. INVC is designed to encourage sector-wide innovations and strengthen local institutions and systems in order to improve agriculture value chain competitiveness. Priority value chains for INVC include groundnuts, soya and dairy. The activity manages a strategic grants and innovation facility that provides resources to sub-partners to implement value chain, nutrition and service provision activities. INVC also supports community programs that target behavioral change in nutrition.
Throughout INVC’s project life, 275,000 smallholder farmers will be assisted to increase agriculture productivity and incomes as well as improve household nutritional status through behavior change communication practices.
INVC will increase the competiveness of the legumes and dairy value chains in domestic and export markets and raise market orientation of smallholder farmers. The project will also improve nutritional outcomes for communities through behavior change communication messages. Further, the capacity of Malawian organizations to implement FTF activities will be strengthened through the project.
During the first year of project implementation, INVC supported over 20,000 farmers to access certified legume seed. The activity also facilitated the expansion of breeder soy seed multiplication, and also strengthened linkages between smallholder farmer organizations and structured agriculture markets.
Funding (FY 2012)
Development Alternatives Inc Save the Children, Michigan State University, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Pakachere Institute, Agriculture Commodity Exchange for Africa, National Association of Smallholder Farmers of Malawi, Farmers Union of Malawi, Catholic Development Commission in Malawi, Nkhoma Synod
Mchinji, Lilongwe, Dedza, Ntcheu, Balaka, Machinga and Mangochi
Cybill Sigler, Team Leader Sustainable Economic Growth
Last updated: October 04, 2013