MSIKA is a United States Department of Agriculture funded Food for Progress program (FFP). MSIKA is catalyzing increased value addition and income for value chain actors across Malawi. In partnership with TechnoServe in alliance with Partners in Food Solutions, Michigan State University, MSIKA is doing this by facilitating improved processing, increased crop productivity and improved post-harvest handling (PHH) and storage. MSIKA is also supporting the creation of market linkages between farmers and processors to make domestic trade more efficient and increase future exports opportunities. MSIKA is targeting a $69.7 million increase in value of sales by project participants, and will be leveraging $675,000 in new public or private investment by 2021.
To boost agricultural productivity in the fruit and vegetable sector, MSIKA is facilitating access to finance, increasing the availability of improved inputs and infrastructure to support on-farm production, and training farmers on improved agricultural techniques, technologies and farm management.
Additionally, MSIKA is working to expand trade of agricultural products in Malawi by improving quality of postproduction, training producers and processors on improved post-production processes, facilitating improved linkages between buyers and sellers, improving market and trade infrastructure, and facilitating improved management of buyer/seller groups.
Read the MSIKA fact sheet here