updated: 12.05.08
Smallholder Fertilizer Project

The severance of traditional routes to Mozambican ports, as well as funding difficulties and rising costs, led to the breakdown of fertilizer supplies for Malawi’s farmers. The lack of fertilizer became a serious threat to the government’s National Rural Development Programme, and it put the food security of small-scale farmers at risk.

The principal objective of the project was to improve fertilizer delivery to benefit the majority of Malawi’s small-scale farmers, and it provided a vital contribution to sustaining fertilizer supplies on a national scale. The project included:

  • a Smallholder Fertilizer Revolving Fund, to be used exclusively to finance fertilizer imports for small-scale farmers for the duration of the project
  • technical assistance such as transport management, agricultural planning and pricing


Source: IFAD

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Contact information

Ms Miriam Okong'o
Country programme manager
Via Paolo di Dono, 44
00142 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 0654592191
Fax: +39 0654593191

Facts and figures

Total cost: US$30.0 million

IFAD loan: US$9.2 million

IFAD grant: US$1.0 million

Co-financing: World Bank/International Development Association (US$5.0 million)

Duration: 1983-1988

Geographical area: nationwide

Directly benefiting: 400,000 households

Status: closed

  • Government of Malawi
  • World Bank/International Development Association