Rice Production in Malawi


General information

  • GNI per capita at PPP$, 2011: 870
  • Internal renewable water resources, 2011: 16.1 km3/year
  • Incoming water flow, 2011: 1.1 km3/year
  • Main food consumed, 2009: starchy roots, maize, banana and plantains, vegetables including oils, pulses, sugar
  • Rice consumption, 2009: 5.9 kg milled rice per person per year

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Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):

Landlocked Malawi in southeastern Africa consists mainly of a plateau beside Lake Nyasa, whose waters make up 24,400 km2 of the total area of 118,484 km2. The population of 15.4 million (2011) makes Malawi one of the world’s most densely populated countries. Agriculture comprises almost a third of GDP, occupying nearly 80% of the workforce. Arable land is 38.2% of the land area. The climate is subtropical with a rainy season in November to May, the remainder of the year being dry.

Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012. *Mzengeza T. 2010. Genetic Studies on Grain and Morphological Traits in Early Generation Crosses of Malawi Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Landrace and NERICA Varieties. PhD Thesis at African Centre for Crop Improvement, University of Kwazulu, Natal, Republic of South Africa.

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