Soil Loss Assessment in Malawi

Soil loss is a major threat to the agricultural development in Malawi and by extension is also a major hindrance to the overall economic development of the country since the Malawian economy is dependent on agriculture. Not only does soil loss reduce the cultivable soil depth but it also takes away the fertile soils from the farmlands. The net effect is loss of agricultural productivity, increased expenditure on fertilizers, and a general decline in profitability of crop production. This study is part of the effort of the Government of Malawi (GoM) and its development partners in determining best approach to control the soil loss problems in the country.