Project profile — Farmer-to-Farmer Agroecology in Malawi


Western University (CA-CRA_ACR-3108162587)
2012-10-22 - 2018-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Malawi (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (35.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural development (31120) (65.00%)

Policy marker 

• Trade development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Desertification (significant objective)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Biodiversity (significant objective)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Gender equality (significant objective)


The project aims to strengthen the farming practices of more than 30,000 smallholder farmers in organic farming by helping them apply ecological principles to how they practise agriculture using participatory, farmer-to-farmer teaching methods. It supports the development of farmer associations and improved marketing through farmer-to-farmer exchanges and training. The project also seeks to pilot a youth-led small business initiative to promote the supply of nutritious foods on the local market while supporting youth livelihoods. The project aims to train 6,000 farming households on sustainable agroecological methods, nutrition, and gender issues and provide technical support to farmers in production and cooperative development. The initiative also supports 200 farmers on a pilot project of growing local yellow maize seeds to improve vitamin A deficiency in young children. In addition, this project aims to train 200 youth and 100 farmers in small business operations and market development, food processing, and preservation methods.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: Identified households increase the quantity and diversity of their farm yields and increasingly adopt agroecological practices in their farming routines; Women from participating households have greater access to and control over resources and increased decision-making power over agriculture, food security and income; Food insecure households in the district obtain higher income levels and consume more nutritious food; Increasingly, local (youth and farmer) enterprises establish markets for agricultural products, as well as market linkages; Farmer research teams operate on principles of transparency, inclusion, accountability, social justice, democracy and gender equity, whereby farmers have greater input into research and development activities.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2018) include: (1) 6,651 farmers were provided access to technical agroecological advice from farmer research teams; (2) gender-inclusive household decision-making increased from on average 25.3% in Ekwendeni and 34% in Lobi to end-line results of on average 41% in both Ekwendeni and Lobi, based on percentage of households reporting shared decision-making between men and women on a variety of topics; (3) at the beginning of the project, 27% of households were food secure, at the end of the project, end-line surveys indicate that 63.1% of Ekwendeni men, 39.73% of Ekwendeni women, 54.5% of Lobi men, and 40.32% of Lobi women are now food secure; and (4) at the beginning of the project, 11% of farmers in Ekwendeni and 17% in Lobi had grown orange maize, end-line surveys indicate that 43.47% of men and 45.67% of women in Ekwendeni, and 80.95% of men and 69.41% of women in Lobi have now grown orange maize by the end of the project. These results contributed to more resilient, networked communities in Malawi, sustainably managing their lands and improving their livelihoods, food security and nutrition.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
30-07-2019 Disbursement $14,195
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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