Malawi President Peter Mutharika vows to crack down on corruption

Malawi’s President, Peter Mutharika, said there will be no ‘sacred cows’” or ‘untouchables’ in his administration when it comes to fighting corruption. Mutharika, who was elected last month in a controversial election, delivered his first state-of-the-nation ....

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Will the new government and local councils improve service delivery in Malawi?

Local administration and service provision are failing in Malawi. Overall human development indicators have improved in the past couple of decades (e.g. life expectancy and school enrolment). But social and service outcomes remain poor for most Malawians (e.g. school ....

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Why Joyce Banda lost Malawi’s presidency

On Sunday May 18, 2014 just two days before Malawians went to polls, the Malawi director of information asked me what I thought Joyce Banda's chances were to retain the presidency; after a few thoughtful ....

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Malawi’s election: What a job!

ON A plot next to the ultra-modern parliament building in Lilongwe is a shrine to Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who ruled Malawi for its first 33 years after independence from Britain. Baskets of flowers line the ....

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AGRA introduces e-farming platform in Malawi

The Agriculture Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA) have introduced an e-farming platform that will integrate the value chain actors in the agriculture sector in the country and across Africa.AGRA market access programme officer Emma Kambewa ....

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Malawi tobacco sales rakes over $13.3 million so far

Tobacco sales have raked in over 13.3 million dollars since the market opened two weeks ago, against 6.8 million dollars the same period last year. Statistics from the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) on the first ....

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“WE HAVE DELT WITH BOGUS GROWERS.” TCC ADMITTS THE DECREASE OF REGISTERED TOBACCO FAMERS

This year’s tobacco growers registration exercise has attracted less farmers with the figures declining from last year’s 58 000, but the Tobacco Control Commission says this is a result of its initiative to remove the ....

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New food security alliance is timely for Malawi’s path out of poverty

[caption id="attachment_37891" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Malawi's membership of the G8's new alliance is a chance to 'accelerate investment in agriculture', says President Joyce Banda. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images[/caption] Malawi's government has had to apply a painful ....

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Tobacco revenue drops despite more volumes being sold compared to last year

The tobacco market this year has so far been outperformed by last year’s market season in revenue terms, an indication that buyers are offering low prices for the country’s major cash earner. A recent update ....

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Permaculture a solution to improving environmental health & alleviating food insecurity in Malawi

After graduating from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in December 2011,  Catherine moved to Malawi to work at the Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology. From an environmental perspective, we often look at permaculture as a holistic agricultural method ....

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