New Alliance for Food Security & Nutrition in Malawi

Four years after the G8 Summit at L’Aquila, Italy, the international community recognises the
importance of food security to development, inclusive economic growth and the dignity of all women
and men. In that spirit, we welcome the success of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development
Program (CAADP) in demonstrating African ownership and leadership, its call for expanded public and
private investment in agriculture and desire to build on the progress that African governments have
made in advancing a vision for agricultural development in Africa.
Malawi has demonstrated a strong commitment to improved food security and nutrition by focusing on
key agricultural growth corridors in the country which take advantage of existing key infrastructure and
significant agricultural potential.
Malawi is making great strides in promoting sustainable and inclusive agricultural growth that supports
food security and nutrition, exemplified by its recently launched National Export Strategy and its Scaling
Up Nutrition – Nutrition Education and Communication Strategy as well as the existing Agriculture
Sector Wide Approach (ASWAp). These strategies provide a framework for strategic collaboration and
coordination among government, development partners and the private sector. Together, the
Government of Malawi, private sector and the G8 members commit to the “New Alliance for Food
Security and Nutrition” and to working together to generate greater private investment in agricultural
development, scale innovation, achieve sustainable food security outcomes, reduce poverty and end
hunger. As partners, we commit ourselves to the following principles and actions:
Support of CAADP Country Compacts
The G8 members, consistent with commitments made at L’Aquila, reaffirm their intention to align their
agricultural financial and technical support with the priorities of the CAADP National Investment Plan for
Agriculture and Food Security (referred to in Malawi as the Agriculture Sector Wide Approach or
ASWAp) and the Trade Industry and Private Sector Development Sector Wide Approach (TIP SWAp), in
such a manner as to accelerate implementation of the ASWAp and the TIP SWAp and in conjunction
with commitments made by the Government of Malawi. Consistent with the foregoing, the G8
members recognize the value of predictability of donor activities including financial and technical
support over a sustained period of time, as set out in Annex 2.


The G8 members intend to provide support within the agriculture sector to accelerate implementation
of the ASWAp and the TIP SWAp, including through the Grow Africa platform, with the overall goal of
facilitating increases in private investment and scaling innovation. The G8 members intend to engage
the relevant agencies of their member governments and also to bring to bear appropriate enabling
actions to accelerate progress in the areas of finance and markets, science and technology, and risk
management. To address the underlying causes of food insecurity, the G8 members intend to focus key
resources and other contributions on high priority, high-impact investments within the ASWAp and the
TIP SWAp, particularly in the three growth product clusters identified in the National Export Strategy
and in priority areas of the Scaling Up Nutrition Strategy.
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Key Policy Commitments
The Government of Malawi intends to pursue the policy goals set out below in order to build domestic
and international private sector confidence to increase agricultural investment significantly, with the
overall goal of reducing poverty, ending hunger and improving nutrition. The Government commits to
consulting with the private sector on key policy decisions that may affect the private sector.
The Government of Malawi intends to:
 create a competitive environment with reduced risk in doing business for private sector
investments in various value chains related to food security and nutrition, while also ensuring
consistency and coherence in policies;
 improve access to land, water and basic infrastructure to support food security and nutrition;
 reorganise extension services targeting nutrition, agribusiness and cooperative programmes
focusing on priority crops in their primary growing areas; and
 reduce malnutrition by promoting production and utilization of diversified foods with high
nutritive values.
The Government of Malawi reaffirms its intention to provide the human and financial resources and the
mechanisms for dialogue with the private sector, farmers and other stakeholders, and across
government ministries that are required for the achievement of tangible and sustainable outcomes, the
acceleration of Malawi’s development, and the delivery of tangible benefits to smallholder farmers,
including women.
The Government of Malawi reaffirms its commitment to mainstream nutrition in all food security and
agriculture-related programs.
Private Sector Engagement
Private sector representatives have communicated that they intend to invest in the agriculture sector in
Malawi in support of the CAADP National Investment Plan for Agriculture and Food Security (the
ASWAp) and the TIP SWAp, through Letters of Intent that they will prepare and execute, and intend to
advise, shape, and participate in broad, inclusive and sustained private sector consultative mechanisms
with the host government (see Annex 3).
As such the private sector will assume active roles in the Technical Working Groups, Sector Working
Groups and Joint Sector Reviews in ASWAp and TIP SWAp.
Shared Responsibilities
The G8 members, other bilateral development partners, the Government of Malawi and the private
sector, confirm their intention to take account of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible
Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (“the
Voluntary Guidelines”) adopted by the Committee on World Food Security in May 2012, as well as the
Principles of Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) produced by several international organisations
and supported by among others, the G8 and G20, which are undergoing a consultative process through
the Committee on World Food Security on RAI. In addition, they intend to work together specifically to
develop pilot implementation programs for the Voluntary Guidelines and the RAI in Malawi.
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Coordination and Collaboration
Recognizing existing arrangements for division of labour between the Government of Malawi and the
development partners, G8 members intend to coordinate their efforts with the aim of attaining greater
effectiveness. The lead interlocutor with the host country for this process will be the European Union,
working with the agriculture sector development partner working group (the Donor Committee on
Agriculture and Food Security), the Donor Group on Private Sector Development, the private sector and
other stakeholders on behalf of the G8, working through existing in-country consultation groups and
structures1
without setting up parallel or duplicative structures. The G8 and Government of Malawi
welcome the participation of other countries and partners.
Results
Consistent with the New Alliance goal of improving food security and nutritional status by helping 50
million people in sub-Saharan Africa emerge from poverty by 2022, the participants intend their
combined actions in Malawi to help 1.7 million2
people emerge from poverty by 2022.
In line with the Scaling up Nutrition Strategy to reduce prevalence of stunting among children less than
5 years of age from 47.13
per cent to less than 20 per cent4
by 2020, the G8 members, the Government
of Malawi and the private sector intend to scale up nutrition efforts in three ways:
(1) through commitments to the Scaling Up Nutrition-Nutrition Education and Communication
Strategy
(2) through commitments to the implementation of ASWAp and more particularly through
a) the commitment to implement the diversification agenda which focuses agriculture
production away from maize towards increased production of nutritious crops such as
pulses, soya beans, groundnuts, legumes.
b) the commitment to invest in increased agro-processing and value addition thus
increasing the choice of nutritious foods in the markets.
(3) through commitments to the implementation of the National Export Strategy5
, through the TIP
SWAp. The objective of this strategy is to build Malawi’s productive economy in a sustainable,
market-led way such that farmer incomes may increase to allow them to afford more nutritious
foods, while at the same time widening the tax base to better enable the Government to afford
welfare programmes targeting nutrition.

1
The Trade Industry and PSD Sector Wide Approach include ASWAp
2
This was calculated by analysing the linear relationship between the poverty rate (as per UN MDGs) and GDP
growth in PPP terms). UN MDGs provided us with the percentage of the population below $1 PPP in 1998 and

  1. We used this ratio and the GDP growth during that period, to work forward to 2013, and then to 2022. The
    estimate is based on the expected decline in poverty on this measure between 2013 and 2022, based on expected
    real GDP growth.
    3 Malawi DHS 2010.
    4
    Targets set in the National Nutrition Education and Communication Strategy 2011-2016.
    5
    The National Export Strategy’s growth clusters are oil seed products (products of groundnuts, soya, cotton and
    sunflower), sugar cane products and manufacturing (which includes dairy and products from other legumes,
    horticulture, maize, wheat, rice and cassava). The growth clusters are thereby aligned to Malawi’s Scaling Up
    Nutrition Strategy.
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