2. Malawi Legumes Program
Legumes are very important in Malawi as a subsistence food, cash crop, and livestock fodder. At a household level, legumes help improve nutrition and provide a cheaper, more available source of protein and vitamins compared to animal-source foods. The Malawian legume processing industry is currently growing, thereby increasing demand for legume commodities as raw materials to produce cooking oil, animal feed, soymilk, soy flour, textured soy protein (soy pieces), peanut butter, and therapeutic nutrition supplements. Through the Farmer-to-Farmer program, volunteers provide Malawian farmers with training in legume production, such as the use of inoculant and pest and disease control, and harvesting and post-harvest handling to control aflatoxins. Training can also include cooperative development and business and financial management. For further information, please contact Mr. Rodrick Chirambo, CNFA Malawi Country Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.