In October 2014, USAID awarded a Strategic Partnership Grant (SPG) in Malawi to MH Boerdery Konsultante in partnership with the NASFAM (National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi) to improve smallholder groundnut marketability.
NASFAM, a farmer-directed business system based on the individual participation of over 100,000 Malawian smallholders, is an active Trade Hub partner.
The grant will be utilized to address production and marketing challenges caused by poor aflatoxin management, high post-harvest losses, and inferior crop aggregation, sorting, and grading. Groundnuts are widely cultivated and consumed in Malawi but are one of the most susceptible crops to aflatoxin contamination.
Raising awareness of aflatoxins and introducing mitigation best practices form critical parts of the Trade Hub’s intervention strategy to manage this problem and expand overall groundnut production.
Over 7,000 local smallholder groundnut farmers, the majority women, are expected to benefit from this USAID grant assistance. Groundnuts continue to be an important cash crop for smallholder farmers in Malawi as they seek harvest and income diversification.
On the photo: Smallholder groundnut farmer in Malawi.