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Agriculture, tourism and mining touted to revive Malawi’s economy

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Ailing road infrastructure in Malawi is being upgraded in anticipation of an increase in mining, agriculture, and tourism activity. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Agriculture, tourism and mining touted to revive Malawi’s economy

Malawi is a country of great contrasts: stunning sunsets, friendly people, and abundant natural resources. However, infrastructure is limiting, poverty levels and unemployment figures are worrying and when WhyAfrica visited the landlocked country as part of our 2023 WhyAfrica Road Trip through Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa, there was a concerning shortage of fuel.  

By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine  

The government of President Lazarus Chakwera has embarked on an aggressive development programme centred around Agriculture, Tourism and Mining (ATM), which will form the three main pillars of what President Chakwera touts as an imminent revival of Malawi’s economy.

There are signs of progress and development in many districts around the country. Several mining projects will start producing soon and more and more exploration outfits are heading to the Warm Heart of Africa, while tourism numbers are on the up, and roads and railways are being upgraded and built across the country, which is encouraging. But the government ran out of forex recently, resulting in long winding lines of cars and trucks waiting patiently to refill at fuel stations in most major centres.

Despite its challenges though, Malawi dances to its own rhythm. A word of advice – if you don’t like the beat, don’t play the drums. In Malawi, everything revolves around the ancient, life-giving freshwater lake that covers most of the country’s undulating surface. If the fishing is good, life is good, and the beat goes on late into the night. For more about Malawi, continue following WhyAfrica, or become a WhyAfrica member. Follow WhyAfrica, when it comes to the sustainable use of natural resources in Africa, we cover all angles.

Agriculture, tourism and mining touted to revive Malawi’s economy


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