The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly concerned about food security in southern Africa where an estimated 14 million people are facing hunger following prolonged dry spells that led to a poor harvest last year.
Rice is considered as one of the key strategic crops to be promoted in Malawi not only because it has the potential to be promoted primarily as an import substitute, but also secondarily as an export crop.
As an export crop, rice has the potential to generate the much needed revenue in the country, explained Professor David Kamchacha,
The Malawi agriculture sector is enjoying a massive investment of about $500 million in the 2015/16 financial year, running from July to June, but the question is whether the sector will get the maximum return from the investment.
The donor contribution to the sector is estimated at $265 million, while the government and non-governmental organisations (NGO) have injected $170 million and $46 million, respectively.