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This is Agricultural Assessment in Malawi

Lucy Noble
Lucy Noble | Nov 26, 2017 | in Agriculture Assessment


Malawian Agriculture is big business, making up roughly 80% of the country’s export economy. This means two things.

1. Big opportunities

2. Big hurdles


The December Agricultural Assessment team will be picking up from previous teams work from over the last 12 months in Malawi. Through the Design Thinking process an emerging trend in agricultural have emerged in Malawi:

  • A lack of crop rotation, coupled with a dependence on fertilizer.
  • Extensive use of pesticide
  • Lack of irrigation


Fertilizer and pesticides cost $$ and current applications do little to improve critical soil deficiencies (particularly Nitrogen) or address pest invasions. Including irrigation, these capital intensive practices do little to contribute to the produce market consistency. It is worth noting that similar trends can be seen in Fiji whose market also receives an influx of produce sporadically throughout the year.


Our December KPIs:

1. Prepare acquired land/s and develop blueprints for implementation late Dec/early Jan.

2. Empathise with 50 farmers to gain information regarding influential external factors as dictated by database

3. Investigate the food supply chain market, exports and imports & create a document that illustrates this, for January to finish.


With all of this information, it is predicted that a farm prototype will be necessary to facilitate the future of Agricultural business in Malawi. Legitimisation of a basic farm-like prototype similar to that in Fiji, is dependent upon the results of market analysis and the likely use of permaculture application in Malawi.


That’s it for now – But you will want to watch this space.

Wade Tink Dec 5, 2017

Lucy, when referring to "influential external factors as dictated by database" do you mean that through empathising with the farmer's in communities you will identify external factors- your 'define' stage? Or do you mean there is a database with influential external factors?

If the second can you please share on this platform. Thanks

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Lucy Noble Dec 5, 2017

The database referred to here is the database we are in the process of creating through our 'define stage'. From our initial collation of qualitative data from the previous July team's work and our first week of assessment, trends in subsistence farming problem areas have already become apparent. So essentially, the database is a working progress that acts as a fundamental resource for the application of a permaculture farm.
Thanks for clarifying Tink

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Amber Johnston Jun 30, 2018

Status label added: Work Update


asmakhannnas 5 months ago

The cost of extinguishing insects and pesticides has little to do to improve soil immunity (especially Nitrogen) or to cope with insect attacks. Do you need to know about ukessay review? In the case of irrigation, urban practices have little to do with market penetration. Of note, a similar trend can be seen in Fiji where the fruit market also has a lucrative year-round profit.