Lack of Development
Malawi's dairy industry was in stagnation and decline by the 1990s, thanks to a tax on livestock which put the ownership of cattle, in particular, beyond the reach of most of Malawi’s 85 percent population on rural farms.
A major project undertaken by USAID in the last decade has seen a regeneration of the sector with about 6, 000 registered dairy farmers, about 50 percent women, now producing approximately 6,500 tons of milk annually.
However, Malawi’s milk consumption is the lowest in Africa at 5 litres per capita against Africa’s per capita of 80 litres and against the World Health organization (WHO) recommended intake of 200 litres. Continued shortfall underlines the need for investment in a sector which has large scale potential for both basic and processed foodstuffs.
Potential for Growth
Areas for large and small scale investment include: