AFAP’s AID-I Launch in Lilongwe District

04 Apr 2024

On March 6th, 2024, the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) jointly launched the Accelerated Innovation Delivery Initiative (AID-I) in the Lilongwe District of Malawi.

The event, graced by key stakeholders including the AID-I Chief of Party, Kevin Kabunda, a representative from USAID, Scott McNiven, the National Agrodealer Association chairman, Gracious Mnjengezulu, representatives from the Seed Traders Association of Malawi, as well as various other industry players such as offtakers like Milele Agroprocessing LTD, seed companies like Bayer, and the Meridian group. Attendees expressed excitement at the prospect of leveraging private sector partnerships and innovative models like the agro-dealer and Community Agribusiness Advisor (CAA) models to drive increased productivity in the agricultural sector.

The goal for this project is to enhance the resilience of 260,000 smallholder farmers through the rapid adoption and delivery of stress-tolerant and nutritious seeds. Under the title “Strengthening Last-Mile Delivery and Adoption for AID-I Promoted Seeds,” the project aims to tackle various challenges faced by farmers, ultimately leading to improved agricultural outcomes.

This USAID-funded AID-I initiative, will run for a duration of 12 months, operating on four core pillars: Seed Systems Strengthening, Agricultural Advisory, Improved Fertilizer Efficiency, and Access to Finance. AFAP, in collaboration with CIMMYT, has committed to supporting this initiative, focusing on areas such as Seed Systems Strengthening, Improved Fertilizer Efficiency, and Agricultural Advisory.

With a target outreach of 260,000 smallholder farmers, of which 60% are women, 40% are men, and 35% are youths, the project will prioritize key value chains including soya beans, pigeon peas, cowpeas, groundnuts, beans, and various maize varieties, ensuring a holistic approach to agricultural development.