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Country Brief

Malawi, an extension of the Great Rift Valley, is a landlocked country in south-eastern Africa that gained its independence in 1964. The country’s single major natural resource, agricultural land is under severe pressure from rapid population growth, although the government's programme of fertilizer subsidies has dramatically boosted output in recent years, making Malawi a net food exporter. Malawi has highly concentrated exports and the country's heavy reliance on tobacco places a burden on the economy as world prices decline and the international community increases pressure to limit tobacco production. 

ITC is committed to coordinating closely with other development partners to support Malawi’s export-led growth in the country through its projects such as, Malawi: Improved Trade Statistics and Information System and Trade promotion, and Trade promotion and value addition for African cotton. In 2012, ITC published Malawi: Company Perspectives – An ITC Series on Non-Tariff Measures. 

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Export potential

Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.