International Studies & Programs

Workforce Development for Malawian Maize Systems

In partnership with faculty at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, this GCFSI center-led project will identify the knowledge and skills needed for those who are employed in the maize supply chain in Malawi, Africa, as well as develop teaching methodologies for partners in Africa. 


Project Team: Domenico Dentoni, Management Studies Group; Renate Wesselink, Education and Competence Studies Group; Wageningen University

Inefficiencies and inadequacies in storage, funding, education, seed provision and quality control constrain agricultural innovation in Malawian maize systems, which has repercussions on rural household income and livelihoods, especially for women and youths. To overcome these issues, however, new business models have been emerging in the past five years, such as the collaboration between maize supply chain actors, financial institutions, and non-business partners (i.e., local farmer associations, government agencies, and civil society organizations).

This project will identify the knowledge and skills needed for those who are employed in the maize supply chain, as well as develop and propose suitable teaching methodologies that will complement the existing education programs at Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR).

Through these activities, this project will complement efforts for the Malawian maize value chain development and current investments on stimulating innovative education and scholarship at LUANAR.