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Malawi - 2008 - Country Profile


Bank support to Malawi began in 1969 and by the end of 2007, 86 operations had been financed. Currently, commitments amount to UA 130.2 million (212.7 million USD) in 12 on-going projects. These projects aim at contributing to increased productivity in the agricultural sector, improving incomes of rural smallholder farmers, providing potable water and improved sanitation to rural communities, supporting human and institutional capacity building, as well as contributing to the diversification of the country’s economy and its export base. Projects supported by the Bank have been in the agricultural, health, educational, transport, as well as water and sanitation sectors.

Significant achievements have been recorded in the area of agricultural productivity where yields of maize have increased from 1 to 3 tons per hectare while yields of sugar cane have increased from 80 to 140 tons per hectare among smallholder farmers. Household incomes have trebled among smallholder maize and sugar cane farmers in the project areas. The provision of irrigation infrastructure and use of fertilizer have been the main drivers of the gains in productivity and increases in household incomes.

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