Processing equipment delivered to Lilongwe as a result of the grantIn Malawi, soy and groundnut crops sold on the domestic market are often of poor quality and do not meet export specifications as a result of poor post-harvest handling. There is a growing demand for soy in the region that is not being realized due to these quality concerns. The grant is enabling the installation of a sorting, grading, and cleaning plant in Malawi to address post-harvest handling challenges. 

The activity will help build confidence in the South African market for the purchase of soy and groundnuts from Malawi and increase market opportunities for these commodities. 

Objectives

  • To improve the regional marketability of Malawian-produced soy and groundnuts by improving their quality, resulting in increased market access and improved prices paid to Malawian small-scale farmers.

Beneficiaries

  • Thousands of smallholder soy and groundnut farmers are expected to benefit from the project, of which 40% are targeted to be women farmers.

Results and Outcomes

  • The first round of equipment subsidized through the grant arrived at the Lilongwe facility on November 25, 2014 and was assembled. A crop marketing agreement is being worked out, and the grant activity will be completed in the first quarter of FY 2016.

Photo: Processing equipment delivered to Lilongwe as a result of the grant