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  • A cross section of a stand at National Agriculture Fair

  • A farmer drawing Resource Allocation Map (RAM) during PICSA training- DAES is using PICSA Approach to mainistream climate information in Agriculture

  • farmers showing a vision journey -vision journey is part of Household Approach championed by DAES as a tool of gender mainstreaming

  • kitchen garden is one of the components of Integrated Household Farming

  • A pavilion of DAES stand at National Agriculture Fair

  • An agriculture extension worker facilitating Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)- PRA is used in the establishment of a model village

  • Extension Methodology Officer showing a chart of District Agriculture Extension Service System (DAESS)

  • Farm Business School graduates exhibiting certificates of completion during graduation

  • Farmers exhibiting nutritious processed food during a nutrition open day

Welcome to Department of Agriculture Extension Services

The Department of Agriculture Extension Services (DAES) is one of the ten (10) departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. DAES aims to improve knowledge and skills of technologies, agriculture business management, gender, nutrition and their practices among clients and farmers of different scales and gender categories in Malawi. This contributes to increased agriculture productivity, food, nutrition, and income security in Malawi.

AIP resources are for production not consumption

His Excellency, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi has warned farmers against irresponsible conduct that prevent them from fully benefiting from subsidy programs. The President said this at Jali in Zomba on 17th October 2020 during the official launch of 2020/2021 Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) .Chakwera said the AIP, which will cost about MK160 billion, is a means of distributing resources for production and not for consumption.

Kalumbu in one of his subjects' field

Traditional Authority (TA) Kalumbu of Lilongwe East of the Lilongwe Agricultural Development Division (LADD) is on record to be championing the implementation of agricultural technologies among his subjects. Kalumbu was touring one of his farmers’ field at Mkomera Village under Group Village Headman (GVH) Chatsika where he inspected five hectares farmland on which the farmer has already mulched with maize stalks, a Conservation Agriculture technique.

Farmers after buying the cheap fertilizer

The Affordable Input Program (AIP) has increased the number of farmer beneficiaries of government-subsidized inputs from about 28,000 last year to 126,000 this year, representing an increase of 350% in Karonga and Chitipa districts, which form the Karonga Agricultural Development Division (KRADD). Karonga ADD Program Manager, Aggrey Kamanga said this during the opening of selling farm inputs to farmers at Karonga town within Mpata Extension Planning Area (EPA) on Tuesday 2nd November 2020.


Denson Kanthungulu, 47, of Mphampha village, Traditional Authority (TA) Chulu in Kasungu has been a farmer throughout his adult life. He and his family depend on maize farming for food and income. However, even though he spends most of his time, energy and resources farming, his family never made reliable money from selling produce. Denson is just one of the hundreds of farmers in this rainfall stricken part of kasungu who struggle to make ends meet because they never harvest enough maize for food and sale.

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Malawi held its 2020 Joint commemoration of the World Food Day and Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security at Capital Hill in Lilongwe under the theme “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together: Our Actions are Our Future”, and “Resilient Food Systems towards Healthy Diets for the Vulnerable during Emergencies”.

Speaking during the function, Minister of Agriculture Hon. Lobin Lowe said the commemoration of the World Food Day resonates well with Sustainable Development Goal number 2, which emphasizes not only the need to end hunger but also to achieve food security by improving access to nutritious foods while using sustainable agricultural production methods.

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