Malawi bans maize exports

Malawi has banned maize exports in an effort to fortify its food reserves in light of a damaging drought. Exacerbating the situation is an outbreak of fall armyworm. This, as its neighbour Zambia recorded an increase in maize prices due to scanty supply. The ban in Malawi comes barely 3…

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Aspirant Malawian farmer grows skills in South Africa

Timot Damiano from Malawi is honing his farming skills by growing chillies in South Africa. Across the sub-region the cry from smallholder farmers is for knowledge. Extension services in Africa are substandard and it’s often up to the individual to find his own learning resource. Farmers are eager to learn…

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Fall armyworm in Malawi declared a disaster

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has declared a state of disaster in all areas affected by the fall armyworm (FAW), which broke out several weeks ago in the Southern Province. The pesticide-resistant worm has since spread to 20 out of 28 districts in the face of incapacitated agricultural extension services, which…

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Fall armyworm outbreak hits Southern Malawi

The Malawian Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed reports of a fast-spreading outbreak of fall armyworm (FAW) in the Balaka District south of the country. District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) head for Balaka Denis Zingeni told the Malawi News Agency (MANA) that his office is trying to control the multiplication and…

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