Development cooperation between Malawi and Flanders started in 2006 with support to programmes related to agriculture, food security and health. In 2008, the Government of Flanders opened an office in Lilongwe, and a first Country Strategy Paper (CSP) 2009-2013 was jointly developed by both governments. After a mid term evaluation in 2012 the Government of the Republic of Malawi and the Government of Flanders mutually agreed to continue the cooperation in the sector of agriculture and food security – the focus of the second CSP 2014-2019 -, as agriculture is the backbone of the Malawian economy and needs further development, while food and nutrition security is a prerequisite towards improving the well-being of all Malawians. Under the CSP II a budget of Euro 25 million was provided, of which around Euro 1.5 million was allocated yearly to budget support for the agriculture sector. Other implementing partners are the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the Department of Agricultural Extension Services of the Government of Malawi, Natural Resources College, the Small Scale Livestock Livelihoods Program, the Farmers Union, the World Agroforestry Centre, the United Nations Development Programme, ACE Africa and the United Nations World Food Programme.
CSPIII 2019 – 2023 will, in line with the previous strategy, focus on improving the agricultural sector, with a specific emphasis on extension services, market-oriented farming and sustainable land management. Extra attention goes towards ensuring equal opportunities for women and youth, and to support the ongoing decentralization process within the agricultural sector. The CSP aligned with the Government of Malawi’s major policies such as the five-year National Agricultural Policy (2016) and to Malawi’s National Agricultural Investment Plan (2017).
The current CSP with Malawi can be found here: CSP Malawi.pdf