In a country with a majority of the population cultivating small plots of land, empowering smallholder farmers is the key to economic success
National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) Chief Executive Officer Betty Chinyamunyamu is creating links between farmers and markets in Malawi, and discusses the possibilities for the country’s cultivators.
How is the partnership between NASFAM, the Government of Malawi and EIF working with Malawi’s farmers?
Malawi is a country that has been depending on two crops: maize and tobacco. The crops that this partnership is promoting are crops that are in the National Export Strategy; they are new crops that the government is encouraging farmers to move into.
And there are farmers who would like to get into these crops but not many have been able to do so and those that have been able to start growing – for example soya – their yields are still very low and in most cases the quality is not good enough because they haven’t yet mastered how to grow the crop, how to do the post-harvest handling, etc.