Today, the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) and the Salida Capital Foundation Partnership for Sustainable Development, in conjunction with FBSciences, announced that as a result of agricultural programs in Malawi, the average income of local farmers has doubled over two years. Since the formation of the partnership in 2010, these farmers have additionally seen an average yield increase of 30 percent in both soybean and maize seed treatments and a 37 percent average yield increase in maize fertilizer enhancement. CDI and the Salida Capital Foundation help smallholder farmers in Malawi purchase inputs and learn better farming techniques to improve their crops, and FBSciences helps farmers around the world achieve optimal plant health and crop performance through naturally-derived plant health innovation.
Malawi is one of the 20 poorest nations in the world, with 40 percent of its population living on less than a dollar per day, and 90 percent of Malawi’s population is involved in agriculture – which also makes up one third of the nation’s gross domestic product. Together, CDI’s extensive agricultural training programs, including part of the Anchor Farm Project, and FBScience’s innovative seed treatment and fertilization technologies have enabled greater food security in the region. In nations such as Malawi, food security is one of the most effective vehicles for increasing economic activity and moving individuals out of poverty. Farming families in Malawi that have participated in these programs have seen a greater quality of life, which has included easier access to health care and education.
Learn more about CDI’s farming and agriculture projects in Malawi, and how they bring increased incomes and security to rural families.
Read the full press release.