The Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) is a US$ 14 million competitive, transparent mechanism that provides grant finance for innovative projects proposed by the private sector active in Malawi’s agricultural, manufacturing and logistics sectors. Supported by the United Nations Development Programme, UK Aid and KFW, the MICF is designed to be a quick, responsive mechanism that is not overly bureaucratic and understands the needs of the private sector.Learn More
The MICF Irrigation Window aims to introduce new initiatives that deliver new products, services and business models that link smallholder producers to markets by increasing the production of crops under irrigation, leading to viable self-financed cultivation of irrigated crops.
Working with a major tea estate and smallholder tea growers association, the MICF grant aims to form a partnership with the aim to access Specialty Tea markets through the exports of high value added tea in bags.
The objective of the project is increase exports of Smallholder Groundnuts through Innovations in Storage Management by controlling and monitoring Aflatoxin during post-harvest storage.