Malawi has a population of over 18 million, with a growth rate of 3.32%. The population is forecasted to grow to over 30 million by 2035, and 45 million by 2050, nearly tripling the estimated 16 million from 2010 in a period of 40 years. Considering the available arable land at around 40% of its footprint, it is estimated that Malawi will face a critical point in the near future where family owned farms (small holders) will not be able to provide for themselves. These facts and projections will only raise the level of current food insecurity Malawi faces, due to rain reliant agricultural practices and growing environmental risks of floods and droughts.
Malawi requires a national shift towards new patterns of settlements, both urban and rural, that must be driven by land use efficiency, infrastructural connectivity, environmental sensitivity and diverse economic productivity. In order for this transition to succeed, urban and rural areas require land and population management plans to public policies and investments in transportation, water and energy infrastructure as well as private investments in commercial agri-business and industry. These policies and investments would catalyze a process of industrialization and modernization in strategic locations. In parallel, rural communities would require immense innovation to design replicable models of cooperative schemes connecting local villages and farmers to regional and global economies.
ORG Permanent Modernity was commissioned to support long and medium-term development plans of the Malawi National Planning Commission (NPC) over the next 3 years.
Location , Malawi
Client Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Agricultural Transformation Initiative, Michigan State University
Program mixed, public, landscape, infrastructure, residential
Team Alexander D’Hooghe, Kobi Ruthenberg, Garine Boghossian
Collaborators Malawi National Planning Commission, First Hectare Capital, MwAPATA Institute