HarvestPlus Malawi commenced operations in 2016 with the aim of promoting the production, dissemination, and consumption of improved, climate smart, and nutritious biofortified staple crop varieties. HarvestPlus has helped developed strategic agricultural value chains to ensure a sustainable and profitable supply of biofortified foods to smallholder farming households and non-farm consumers. This transformative agricultural intervention aligns various market actors to sustainably and profitably produce more nutritious foods.
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Biofortified Crops in Malawi*
*Includes varieties shown to meet HarvestPlus standards. Other varieties may be available in the country.
Varieties Released Database
This searchable database provides information on all biofortified crops variety releases by country.
Areas of Expertise
- Crop Development
- Seed Multiplication
- Seed and Grain Distribution
- Consumer Engagement
- Market Development
- Policy Engagement
HarvestPlus supports the Department of Agriculture Research Service (DARS) to breed, test, and release hybrid varieties of vitamin A maize developed through our partnership with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT).
The registered varieties of biofortified crops are licensed to private seed companies, some on exclusive basis, to produce seed for sale to farmers.
Seed and Grain Distribution
Seed is distributed through the agro-dealer networks, on retail cash sales and for uptake by smallholder farmers through the Affordable Input Program (AIP) sponsored by the Government, through Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. HarvestPlus supports commercial seed and grain sales, identify and link buyers and processors to grain suppliers.
HarvestPlus creates awareness of vitamin A maize through consumer education, advertising, and the media. It also promotes consumption of vitamin A maize through utilisation campaigns which include cooking demonstrations.
Through advocacy conducted with national partners, HarvestPlus strengthens national ownership of biofortification through effective integration into national nutrition and agricultural policies.
Apart from Vitamin A maize, which is the core value chain crop supported by HarvestPlus, orange sweet potato, iron beans and vitamin A cassava are also being promoted in Malawi through other international research institutions like CIP, CIAT and IITA. HarvestPlus moderately supports some delivery processes in these other crops value chains.
Nutritious School Meals in Malawi
The primary focus of this project, officially titled Biofortified Crops to Improve the Nutritional Content of School Meals in Malawi, is to supply 300 school children in each of 20 schools by 2023 with the nutrients they need by expanding access to biofortified crops and foods for healthy school meals, through school gardens and production by local farming families, or through procurement from local SMEs and aggregators. The project is funded by the Waterloo Foundation.Learn More
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