Malawi, a small, landlocked, highly dense and very poor country in Southern Africa, experiences food crises in dry years. Better seeds, crop diversification, better on-farm resource use and building capacity in post-harvest management to reduce aflatoxin contamination are some research-for-development priorities to improve food security and livelihoods of Malawi's smallholder farmers.
0.23 - Hectare of land per person in Malawi's rural areas
47% - Percentage of Malawi's children under five children stunted
38-53% - In Malawi, the yield gap for cereals; 40 to 75% for legumes (Ag Sector Wide Approach, 2010)
64% - Percentage of people in Malawi tested in 5 rural districts who are highly exposed to aflatoxin