Integrating smallholder producers to develop long-life Margarine in Malawi
- MICF has awarded a grant to a company to establish a sustainable vertically integrated program incorporating over 10,000 poorer smallholder farmers to ensure a steady supply of raw material of the right quality and quantity for its innovative new long life fridge free Margarine project. The project will for the first time introduce hybrid high oil content Sunflower seed for small holder farmers in the Lilongwe-Kasungu Plain which will enable the farmer to get higher yields resulting in over 40% increase in income and at the same time ensure that the company has a better yield per MT of crushed seed.
- This project is closely aligned to the National Export Strategy by offering a ready market for Sunflower seed farmers while at the same time generating foreign exchange through exports. The main objective of the project is to promote import substitution and value addition of locally grown produce in order to increase the revenue base, create employment and generate foreign exchange earnings for the country.