Develop Seed Industries in Malawi

Inadequate seed production systems and the lack of access to seed by smallholder producers are a bottleneck to the adoption of improved crop varieties. Crop improvement together with seed access can transform the lives of smallholder farmers and help them build a robust seed distribution system.


  • Helped seed industries develop in Africa for new improved varieties to reach farmers
  • Arranged contract farming for seed production
  • Imparted long-term training in seed production
  • Developed an agro-dealer network
  • Made seed available to the Government Farm Input Subsidy Programs (FISP)
  • Set up farmer clubs, farmer field schools and farmer marketing groups.


  • 2 million: Households reached directly 
  • 4,500 tons or 54% of seed: Contribution to the Farm Input Subsidy Program of the government in 2013
  • The 2013 seed infusions into the FISP translate into:
    • USD 5.7 M per annum from seed and grain sales
    • USD 3.3 M worth of consumed legumes and grain in households
    • 10-fold increase (42 tons in 2008 to 400 tons in 2014) in groundnut foundation seed production
    • 8308 tons of improved groundnut and pigeonpea seed sold by the private sector local seed companies through the FISP
    • 1400 kg of sorghum seed: ICRISAT’s contribution to the Malawi government for the 2015-2016 cropping season
    • Benefited neighboring countries Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique.

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