Institutional Development

Developing SSLLP into a leading non-governmental institution in Malawi is our highest priority. SSLLP remains a leading player in the smallholder livestock sector with significant contributions in dairy, poultry, piggery and goats. Today, Malawi and the world face ever increasing demand for food including crop, fish and livestock-based food and food products. We are committed to sustaining and strengthening smallholder production systems for both crops and livestock while also ensuring sustainable land management. All these goals and objectives can only be met when sustainable, robust, resilient and yet flexible institutions are nurtured and developed.


The imperative of sustainable agricultural development resonates as an undeniable call in our era. This approach transcends conventional farming, embodying a harmonious blend of cultivation and environmental stewardship. By championing diverse, organic practices that nurture soil health and conserve water, sustainable agriculture safeguards ecosystems while also fortifying the resilience of crops. This paradigm shift extends its benevolence to both the environment and communities. Biodiversity-rich fields and regenerative techniques not only sequester carbon and support wildlife but also empower farmers economically, nurturing a synergy between human sustenance and planetary well-being. In embracing sustainable agriculture, we embark on a transformative journey that nurtures both the Earth and its inhabitants, fostering a legacy of abundance for generations to come.


Water is crucial to human survival and well-being. The micronutrients in water contribute to nutritional security, water is important for cleaning food as well as for personal hygiene. However, water can easily become contaminated through e.g. use of poor or non-existent sanitation infrastructure. If present in drinking water, pathogens from human faeces can cause diseases, such as diarrhea and intestinal infections, which reduce the body 


The climate crisis continues unabated as the global community shies away from the full commitment required for its reversal. Despite the drastic reduction in human activity due to the COVID-19 crisis, the resulting 6 per cent drop in emissions projected for 2020 falls short of the targets for reducing emissions. This means small holder farmers and their farming systems will need to have strong capacity to adapt to the changing climate as well as its impacts while also increasing the resilience


There is an ever increasing need to invest in agriculture due to a drastic rise in global population and changing dietary preferences of the growing middle class in emerging markets towards higher value agricultural products. In addition, climate risks increase the need for investments to make agriculture more resilient to such risks.

The development and commercialization of agriculture requires financial services that can support: larger agriculture investments and agriculture-related infrastructure that require long-term funding, a greater inclusion of youth and women in the sector, and advancements in technology and innovation.


The major constraints of implementing agriculture-based initiatives pertain to high costs to acquire power, appropriate equipment and solutions. The absence of a culture to use ICT also hinders the adoption of ICT enabled tools in agriculture. Further, there is limited availability of digitized extension material, expertise in project coordination, lack of a road map for systematic capacity building for agronomist, animal scientists and other agricultural extension workers, and limited communication and knowledge/information sharing culture. Despite these challenges high-level support of ICT for agriculture initiatives holds the promise of rapid change in the field

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