TASAI Malawi 2020 Report Published

The 2020 TASAI Malawi Country Report summarizes the findings of the TASAI study conducted in Malawi in 2020 by the TASAI team, including two local seed industry experts. The results highlight several positive developments since the last TASAI study in 2016, especially in the policy and regulatory areas.  

Malawi’s seed sector comprises of local, regional and multinational seed companies that produce a wide range of high-quality seed. The seed policy environment in Malawi is supportive of private sector growth because it is aided by the Seed Policy of 2018. The seed law was revised to comply with the new policy and harmonized with COMESA and SADC seed regulations; however, it is yet to be approved and enacted. Overall, seed sector activities are coordinated well in Malawi; the Seed Services Unit plays a central role in this arena. 

Seed companies were more satisfied with the enforcement of regulations in 2019, which was rated “good” an improvement from the “fair” rating in 2016. The three main areas of improvements in the regulatory environment over the last three years were: (i) the enforcement of registration of all production of basic seed, (ii) the mandatory training of agro-dealers before they commence business, and (iii) the mandatory registration and routine inspection of seed processing and storage facilities. Another measure to address the challenge of counterfeit seeds is the use of scratch labels on seed packages; the measure that has been successfully tried in other countries is not yet implemented in Malawi.  

The report was published in August 2021, following a successful virtual hybrid dissemination meeting held in Lilongwe on July 28, 2021, where the findings were validated and discussed by members of Malawi’s public and private seed sectors.