Malawi is the world’s most tobacco-dependent economy generating approx. 45% of ite export revenue from this crop. The government has realized, that switching to other crops is essential for the country, and supports amongst others the cultivation of legumes.
The German development agency GIZ promotes the transition to soybeans, groundnuts, sunflower and cassava.
Soybeans, for example, are important as a low-cost source of protein for meals in schools and hospitals. Furthermore, they are used as animal feed in poultry.
Sunflowers are used to locally produce cooking oil and long-life margarine, while sunflower seeds and oil is also exported to some extent.
Read here our case study Legumes and Sunflower in Malawi.