The Norwegian Government on Wednesday provided additional $4.4 million (about K3.2 billion) towards the Malawi Second Agriculture Sector Wide Approach Support Project (ASWAp SP II).
The money has been provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund.
Norwegian Ambassador Steinar Hagen said the money will help to strengthen extension and research services.
He said: “It is Important to strengthen the government system, including sectors related to policy, extension and research, and at the same time, reach out to the small-scale farmers with concrete support.”
World Bank country manager Greg Toulmin said the money will directly benefit smallholder farmers in the country’s 12 districts.
“The collective effort of development partners in supporting ASWAp SP II in Malawi continues to show impact and good outcomes in nutrition and women’s empowerment, leading to more inclusive economic growth and increased resilience in agriculture,” he said.
Investments under the project include roads rehabilitation, which is critical to ensuring access to markets, capacity building of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development personnel and establishment of model villages as demonstration hubs for good agricultural practices.
The 12 districts to benefit from the project include Chitipa, Mzimba, Kasungu, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Mchinji, Dedza, Ntcheu, Zomba, Phalombe, Thyolo and Mulanje.