The full report is accessible by clicking this link or for download below.
For a long time, agricultural extension service in Malawi was the prerogative of the government through its Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES). Political changes in 1990s leading to a subsequent adoption of democratic principles necessitated a paradigm shift in provision of agricultural extension and advisory services (Chowa, 2010). Decentralization and the presence of other agricultural extension service providers in the field dictated a review of the agricultural extension delivery system that was followed by a decree in 2000 to launch a policy to promote pluralistic and demand-driven extension system summarized in the policy document titled “Agricultural Extension in the New Millennium: Pluralistic and Demand-driven Services (Masangano & Mthinda, 2011). A part from government ministries, players in the pluralistic extension policy include NGOs which are in majority, Farmer-Based Organization (FBOs), multilateral organizations, private sector organizations and semi-autonomous organization to some extent. For a full report on the pluralistic agricultural extension system in Malawi, click HERE
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The Agriculture Sector Wide Approach (ASWAp)
Malawi’s prioritised and harmonised Agricultural Development Agenda. 2010. (CAADP Investment Plan for Malawi). Available at http://www.caadp.net/pdf/Investment%20plan%20-%20Malawi.pdf
The Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) remains the primary agricultural research agency in Malawi
On June 17th, 2010 FACET in partnership with ACDI/VOCA presented a Webinar entitled "Designing Scalable and Sustainable Market Information Services for Grain Markets in Malawi" as an opportunity to discuss early phase analysis of how the USAID Market Linkages Initiative (MLI) project in Malawi is identifying ways to integrate commercial services into a grain marketing project. The webinar focused on methodology and process while discussing the complexities of providing scalable and sustainable services in a thin market.
SAFE, Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education, Programs in Malawi:
RIU Research Into Use: Sharing lessons to enable innovation in agriculture.
Farmer Voice Radio, http://www.farmervoice.org (mainly Kenya and Malawi). Contact: Dwight W. Allen, email@example.com, www.odu.edu/dwallen
Agriculture Sector Wide Approach (ASWAp): http://www.caadp.net/pdf/Investment%20plan%20-%20Malawi.pdf
ASTI Agricultural Research and Development investments and capacity in Malawi: http://www.asti.cgiar.org/malawi