Aswap sp II about us

The Second Agricultural Sector Wide Approach Support Project (ASWAp-SP II) is a follow up to ASWAp-SP I that was implemented between 2014 and 2016. The project was declared effective on 25th April 2018. The project is currently being financed by five donors namely the EU, Irish Aid, Flanders, USAID and Norway as a Multi Donor Trust Fund managed by the World Bank. So far, only three donors have pumped in their contributions, namely EU, Irish Aid and Flanders, however, there is also commitment from the USAID and Norway to support the project. The original closing period was 31st December 2019, however it has been extended to December 2021 following additional commitments from USAID and Norway.

Sustainable Agricultural Productivity and Diversification

To address constraints related to limited agricultural productivity and diversification

Improvement of Rural Road Infrastructure for Market Access

To facilitate market access for farmers through improvement of road and bridge infrastructure

Institutional Capacity Development for NAIP

To build the capacity of MoAIWD to fully operationalize the NAIP

Project Coordination and Management

To coordinate and manage project activities implemented by the project stakeholders

Project Development Objective

The development objective of the Agriculture Sector Wide Approach-Support Project II is to improve the productivity and market access of selected commodities for small-holder farmers in targeted districts of Malawi.

Project Coverage

ASWAp-SP II targets 300,000 rural households in 12 districts namely; Chitipa, Mzimba, Kasungu, Mchinji, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Dedza, Ntcheu, Zomba, Phalombe, Mulanje and Thyolo.

Project Beneficiaries

  1. Smallholder farmers and local communities who will benefit from improved agricultural interventions and jobs
  2. Road users from improved road infrastructure
  3. Staff trained
  4. Institutions including MoAIWD, Roads Authority (RA), District Councils and the construction industry.

Cross Cutting Issues

The project mainstreams gender, nutrition, climate smart agriculture and resilience throughout its components. Regarding gender, the project helps in closing the gender gaps in the areas of productivity and access to agriculture inputs and services. Gender mainstreaming in the project is therefore guided by the gender and HIV/AIDS strategy for the agriculture sector.