Profile of Malawi


Formerly called Nyasaland, Malawi is a land-linked situated in South Eastern Africa in the Great Rift Valley on the western shore of Lake Malawi, a fresh water body covering over a fifth of the country’s area. Malawi shares international boundaries with Zambia to the west, Tanzania to the north and northeast, and Mozambique to the east, south and southwest. The people of Malawi are of the Bantu origin comprising many different ethnic groups which include: Chewa, Nyanja, Yao, Tumbuka, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni and Ngonde. The Chewa and Ngoni people are largely found in the central region of Malawi. The Yao, Sena and Lomwe are found in the south, and the Tumbuka and Tonga are found mainly in the north of the country. Malawi’s economy is predominantly agricultural, accounting for approximately a quarter of the country’s GDP. In 2021, the country projected an economic growth rate of 3.8 percent, down from 6.1 percent, on account of the resurgence and persistence of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read More


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