Agriculture represent the most important sector of the economy of Malawi, as it employs about 80 percent of the workforce, contributes over 80 percent of foreign exchange earnings, accounts for 39 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and contributes significantly to national and household food security.
Efforts of the Government of Malawi are focused on reducing poverty through various strategies, especially by increasing agricultural productivity and income levels of small scale farmers. In cooperation with development partners, the Government of Malawi has formulated the Agricultural Development Program (ADP) aimed at increasing agricultural productivity, improving food security, diversifying production to improve nutrition at household level - and increasing overall incomes of people in the rural areas.
The DAPP Farmers Club program works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in pursuing the objectives of its ADP. The Farmers Club Program The idea of the program is a nationwide mobilization of small scale farmers in a progressive production move towards prosperity. The structure of the program consists of 3,000 farmers organized into 60 Farmers Clubs – each comprising 50 farmers. The Farmers Club Programme uses the clubs as a platform to address the larger development issues that have inextricable effects on farming and food security in Malawi. Critical issues such as the negative impact of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and poor health, as well as the importance of improved hygiene and access to clean water sources are centrally integrated into the programme.