Policy and Action for Food and Climate Uncertainties in Malawi

  • Ruth HaugEmail author
  • Ola T. Westengen


The purpose of this paper is to assess lessons learned from past and present policies and actions related to creating a conducive environment for a sustainable food system transformation in Malawi. We take a food system approach because it provides the opportunity for a holistic and integrated analysis of the drivers and constraints that influence the Malawian food system such as climate change and high levels of food insecurity and rural poverty. Lessons learned include the importance of national ownership and recognition of what is politically feasible and institutionally implementable in efforts towards a more sustainable food system. Finding solutions to food and climate uncertainties lies in the interface between policy and action and requires small-scale farmers’ creativity and ability to adjust to change, without transferring the responsibility of climate adaptation to small-scale farmers with limited adaptation capacity. An integrated approach to food and climate uncertainties will call for socioeconomic and technological innovations that mutually strengthen each other whilst ensuring that the technology works for small-scale men and women farmers in accordance with the intentions set out in the sustainable development goals.


Uncertainties Food system Climate change Policy Malawi 



The Norwegian-funded project on Capacity Building for Management of Agriculture and Climate Change Program (CABMACC) and HLPE CFS for permission to include Fig. 1 from HLPE (2017) in the chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Noragric, Landsam, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)ÅsNorway

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