Final Documentation

Case study of investments in macadamia nut farming in Malawi, AgDevCo 2019

    Methods for info gathering
    The study is based on site visits to Lilongwe, the Tropha estates at Ekwendeni and Rumphi, and several surrounding villages. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with key informants from AgDevCo and Tropha staff, focus group discussions with employees and smallholder farmers, and analysis of quantitative data provided by Tropha.

    The case study methodology used a network analysis approach, which tries to understand the ways in which each investment is connected to different actors, from their employees to suppliers and buyers. Quantitative and qualitative data was used to construct simple maps of the pre- and post-investment networks, which allowed us to build a visual picture of how the AgDevCo investment has had an impact, and how this has changed over time.

    Summary of results
    Tropha is a commercial macadamia, chilli and paprika farmer in Northern Malawi. This study explores how Tropha is beginning to catalyse growth in the macadamia value chain through crowding - in and stimulate economic activity in rural communities. The study reports on the creation of 912 FTE jobs (36% women), and 3,220 smallholders linked to markets. It also calculates the value of goods exported in 2018, and total income generated.