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Welcome to the price transmission page for Malawi. This page enables you to look into the country and its crops more specifically to gain an understanding of the level of risk and also, to view its historic warning periods per commodity. Select a time range or a specific date to view the data in more detail.


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Background information

Malawi is landlocked and among the world’s least-developed countries. Financial aid from development partners has been suspended in the last years due to corruption allegations against the government. This further pressurized the already strained. In terms of GDP, the economy is dependent on agriculture. Still, it is a food importer since agricultural goods mostly include tobacco and tea. At the macro level, Malawi faces challenges to develop a market economy with improved infrastructure and to gain financial independence.

Agriculture is the key sector of Malawi’s economy although it is highly vulnerable to natural disasters: it contributes to one-third of GDP and a dominant share of export revenues. Around 90% of the population is engaged in agriculture and livestock, mostly in rural areas. Crops include tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava and nuts. The lake Nyasa takes up one-third of the nation’s area and represents also a source of income with its fish species variety.

In the HDI (2014), Malawi ranks in the low human development category. The comparably young population faces a high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. Overall education and literacy rates are low in this densely populated country, limiting labor productivity. Approximately 25% of the children are employed in labor and almost every second child faces severe wasting. Overall, every fifth person is undernourished.