Ag Diversification Activity in Malawi

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Implementing partner



Rick Brandenburg
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University


Boris Bravo-Ureta
Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut


Dave Hoisington
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Universtiy of Georgia

Malawi Agricultural Diversification

Country focus: Malawi

Project length: 4 years

Budget: $720,000

The Ag Diversification Activity (called AgDiv for short) is a USAID initiative to empower farmers to grow more peanut, soy and orange-fleshed sweet potato, three nutritious foods that promise to improve the diets of Malawians while giving farmers more options.

Malawi – a landlocked country of 18 million people in southern Africa – depends on agriculture as its main industry. Most people grow at least some of their own food, and peanuts – or groundnuts as they are called in Africa – already are part of the traditional diet.

But making peanut production more efficient and improving the quality of the crop benefits both the consumer and the farmer.