is an agricultural country that bases its economy not just on the
food it produces for export, but also on crops grown by rural families
providing their own food, and a little surplus to trade with. All
things change, however, and there are factors affecting the balance
of production in all farming and industrial endeavours in the country.
was, and still is, an important crop that provides much of Malawi's
foreign currency requirements. Tea, sugar and coffee are also grown
and exported and cotton and paprika are grown for sale by small-holders.
Rubber plantations are important in the north and have recently
maize and sorghum are food crops grown by the population for themselves,
along with vegetable crops like tomatoes and cabbage and fruits
including citrus. Beans and pulses are grown not only as food crops,
but also to enrich and revitalize soils. Chilli peppers are an emerging
cash crop for export.
mostly caters for locally needed articles and engineering to support
the agricultural sector, although exports are now vigorously encouraged.