Farmers Union of Malawi Projects

Project Objectives/activities Project duration Districts

Integrating Smallholder Farmers in Agricultural Value Chains through Enhanced Organizational Effectiveness

Funder: USAID through Development Alternatives Inc (DAI)

Goal: To strengthen the internal capacity of FUM and its targeted members to increase the volumes and quality of soybeans and groundnuts and effectively engage with markets in order to improve household income and nutrition

Specific objectives

  • To strengthen the capacity of Farmers Union of Malawi to sustainably deliver services to its members by 2015
  • To enhance governance and capacity of FOs for effective delivery of services to members
  • To enhance service delivery by FOs to members for increased production and marketing of high quality produce




  1. Mchinji
  2. Dedza
  3. Lilongwe

Strengthening the Capacity of Farmers and Private Sector Actors in Policy Dialogue in the Agricultural Sector in Malawi

Funder: USAID
  • To improve the enabling environment for agriculture policy dialogue, development, implementation and monitoring in Malawi especially in the legume and dairy value chains


  • Increased capacity for FUM and MCCCI to engage effectively in policy development and implementation
  • Improved processes for policy development and implementation through coordinated engagement with government policy platforms



  1. Mzimba,
  2. Ntcheu,
  3. Mangochi,
  4. Thyolo,
  5. Zomba

Strengthening Agricultural Input and Output Markets (SAIOMA)

Funder: USAID and AGRA
  • Improve smallholder market-led agricultural production.
  • Enhance smallholder farmers’ access to structured markets.
  • Strengthen farmer organizations’ capacities in institutional, managerial and technical aspects to support members’ needs
Note: Project is being implemented by a consortium of the following partners – Farmers Union of Malawi, National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi, Agricultural Commodity Exchange and Rural Market Development Trust (RUMARK)
  1. Balaka,
  2. Machinga,
  3. Mangochi,
  4. Zomba,
  5. Mulanje and
  6. Phalombe

Malawi Lake Basin Programme (MLBP) : Livelihoods Improvement of Rural Communities in Malawi

Funder: Royal Norwegian Embassy and Swedish Government
    • Strengthening farmer organizational capacity
    • FUM engagement in Policy and Advocacy
    • Climate change adaptation activities including conservation agriculture



  1. Salima
  2. Mangochi

Integrating and Strengthening Capacity of Farmers Into District Stakeholder Panels For Improved Agricultural Extension Service Delivery in Malawi

Funder: Flanders International Cooperation Agency (FICA)
    • To provide smallholder farmers with an effective voice in the piloted districts;
    • To drive dialogue on extension services between the extension providers and the extension beneficiaries;
    • To streamline ‘the farmers’ voice’ from district level to the national level ASWAp dialogue structures and other national fora on agriculture
  1. Kasungu,
  2. Mzimba
  3. Rumphi

Linking Smallholder Farmers to Structure Markets

Funder: Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
    • To strengthen the institutional capacity of FOs in order for them to offer improved services to their members,
    • To improve the quantity and quality of grains marketed by farmer groups and
    • To reduce post-harvest losses.



  1. Mchinji,
  2. Lilongwe,
  3. Kasungu,
  4. Ntchisi,
  5. Dowa
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