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Stellenbosch University’s agriculture team to help Malawian farming find a new focus

Tobacco farming

Stellenbosch University (SU) partnered with institutions in the US and Malawi to help Malawian economy find a new focus and become less dependent on tobacco farming.

The Faculty, and its Department of Agricultural Economics in particular, is a partner in the Centre for Agricultural Transformation in Malawi (M-CAT). Other partners include the University of Minnesota in the USA, the Malawi University of Science and Technology and Land O’Lakes International Development, the non-profit arm of the Forbes 200 commercial agricultural company Land O’Lakes.

Funding for the multi-million-dollar five-year project was secured from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World in December 2018. The first planning session between the partners takes place at Stellenbosch University in May 2019.

Malawi is the most tobacco-dependent country in the world, despite being only the thirteenth global producer of tobacco by weight in 2016, tobacco exports account for 59 per cent of the country’s total export value during that year. Around 32 per cent of the population works in tobacco industry.

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