The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MOAIWD) is one of the key ministries in the Malawi Government. Agriculture, being the mainstay of the country’s economy, makes the Ministry prominent in Malawi society in general, and in its contribution to the economy in particular.The Ministry is organized in 7 technical Departments namely Agriculture Extension Services, Crops Development, Animal Health and Industry, Agriculture Research, Agriculture Planning Services, Land Resource and Conservation, and Fisheries. The Ministry also includes Irrigation and Water Development, the government institution responsible for the water sub-sector.
The Ministry seeks to promote agricultural productivity and sustainable management of land resources to achieve food security, increased incomes and ensure sustainable socio-economic growth.
The overall objective of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is to improve food security among farmers in this country. This is mainly done through provision of a conducive environment for stakeholder participation in the sector by formulating coherent sectoral policies.