U.S. peanut tour inspires Malawians

Published May 3, 2024

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The article highlights the success of the Georgia Peanut Tour in inspiring agricultural development in Malawi, where peanuts have emerged as a key cash crop. Initiated a decade ago, the tour has seen consistent participation from Malawi, providing insights into efficient peanut production and marketing. With a goal to double Malawi's groundnut production to 1 million metric tons by 2030, the country is leveraging learnings from the Georgia tour and the U.S.AID-funded Peanut Innovation Lab at the University of Georgia. This initiative aims to enhance peanut production, processing, and nutrition in Africa while exploring new market opportunities. The article underscores the potential of increasing food supply for a growing African population by improving peanut production practices and inspiring success stories like Pyxus, which buys and shells over 5,000 metric tons of peanuts annually from 10,000 contracted farmers, providing extended support through extension advice and input supplies. The article concludes by emphasizing the significance of international collaborations in achieving sustainable agricultural growth and food security in Africa.
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By Allison Floyd, University of Georgia Ten years ago, the Georgia Peanut Tour welcomed its first visitor from the Southern African nation of Malawi, where peanuts are part of the local cuisine but are mostly grown in small gardens or bought in informal markets. Over the next decade, visitors from Malawi attended the tour every year, traveling halfway around the world to see how farmers, shellers, researchers and others work together to get a large crop of peanuts to consumers every year. Much like south Georgia, agriculture drives the economy in Malawi, and farming is a way of life for much of the population. As demand for tobacco dropped over recent years, Malawi’s farmers turned to peanuts — or groundnuts, as they are called in Africa — as a new cash crop. That transition made the Georgia Peanut Tour a valuable resource for agricultural leaders in Malawi looking to organize peanut production, improve extension systems and scale up shelling and storage. In April, Malawi debuted ...
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