CIFOR-ICRAF has operated in Malawi since 1988, with a focus on soil health and intercropping cereals with leguminous fertiliser trees and shrubs; domestication and breeding of indigenous fruit trees; conservation agriculture with trees; tree germplasm supply systems; appropriate nursey production systems; scaling up approaches for small-scale production of improved fruit tree species; scaling up approaches for tree protein fodder banks in smallholder dairy system; farmer managed natural regeneration and tree species diversity; and ecological approaches to fall armyworm control.
COUNTRY FOCAL POINT
- Research has informed several key policy and strategy documents, including the National Agriculture Policy (NAP), National Climate Change Investment Plan (NCCIP), National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP) and Malawi Forestry Landscape Restoration Strategy.
- More smallholder farmers now integrate trees species into crop land, as shown by an increase in tree cover over the last 20 years.
- More smallholder dairy farmers are establishing and using protein tree fodder banks.
- The country set a national aspirational tree cover target of 10% on agricultural land.
- Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS)
- Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)-Malawi
- International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
- Shire Highlands Milk Producers Association (SHMPA)
Dr Betserai Isaac Nyoka
Country Coordinator and Southern Africa Convenor
World Agroforestry, SADC-ICRAF Agroforestry Programme
Chitedze Agricultural Research Station, Off Mchinji Road, P. O. Box 30798
Lilongwe 3, Lilongwe
Tel: +265-1-707-332; +265-1-707-319