Ag Diversification Activity in Malawi
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University
Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of Connecticut
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Universtiy of Georgia
Malawi Agricultural Diversification
Country focus: Malawi
Project length: 4 years
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.