Feed the Future (FTF) is a USAID worldwide effort to sustainably reduce rural poverty and improve nutrition. In Malawi, FTF funds Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains (INVC), a three year project that began in 2012 and encourages sector-wide innovations to strengthen local institutions and systems.
The value chain refers to the entire range of goods and services necessary for an agricultural product to move from the farm to the final customer or consumer. Priority value chains include groundnuts and soya. The project establishes a strategic grants and innovation facility that provides resources to sub-partners so that they can implement value chain, nutrition and service provision activities. Moreover, the project strengthens the capacity of Malawian organizations to implement FTF activities. INVC also supports community programs that encourage behavior change in nutrition.
As a result of FTF assistance, approximately 21,000 farmers gained access to certified groundnut and soybean seed through a revolving fund that will be scaled up to more than 100,000 farmers in 2014. USAID support to the Agriculture Commodity Exchange of Africa (ACE) facilitated $3 million in financing for farmers and traders using the ACE platform. In 2013, over 50,000 smallholder farmers received electronic vouchers to access seeds through the pilot activity of the GoM’s Farm Subsidy Input Program.
In FY 2013, USAID supported nutrition interventions for over 147,272 children under five years old. Farmers planted 18,714 hectares of land using improved seed and practiced better soil management. 53,438 farmers received short-term training in agriculture and food security. USAID also facilitated $3,399,482 in rural agriculture loans focused on the marketing of crops through the Agriculture Commodity Exchange. Finally, INVC strengthened the capacity of Malawian implementing partners in financial management, monitoring and evaluation and technical value chain implementation.
Agriculture sector growth goes hand-in-hand with improved nutritional status.
Funding (FY 2013)
$17.2 million (Feed the Future)
- 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 and Civil Society
- Network for Agriculture
Mchinji, Lilongwe, Dedza, Ntcheu, Balaka, Machinga and Mangochi
John Edgar, Office Director, Sustainable Economic Growth
Last updated: July 14, 2014