Mapping Policy Responses to Food Systems Transformation in Malawi


February 26, 2019 - Moraka N Makhura, Olayinka O Adegbite, <>, Nic JJ Olivier, Florah Nankuni, Christone J Nyondo & <>

Moraka N Makhura, Olayinka O Adegbite, Elizabeth Mkandawire, Nic JJ Olivier, Flora J Nankhuni, Christone J Nyondo & Sheryl Hendriks, Mapping Policy Responses to Food Systems Transformation in Malawi. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 77. East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Key Findings

  • The dominance of traditional food systems may not be able to sustainably address the food and nutrition needs of an increasing Malawian population.
  • Due to the multifaceted nature of food systems, not only food and nutrition policies and or agricultural policies influence food systems. Other relevant sectoral policies can also have a significant positive or negative influence on food systems.
  • Although some policies may be considered indirectly linked to FSN or may not have FSN as one of its policy goals, they could inadvertently constitute a driving force to transforming the food system.
  • Most policies in Malawi addressed food availability but less focus on accessibility and affordability which has implications on achieving FSN.
  • Policy coherence and multi-sectoral policy approaches to transforming food systems are crucial in achieving sustainable food systems outcomes (FSN, socioeconomic and environmental outcomes).




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