Macadamia Nuts as a Supplement to Cereal-Based Diets in Malawi

Zuza, Emmanuel Junior, Muhammed, Abdulmumin Opeyemi, Emmott, Andrew, Brandenburg, Rick L and Araya, Yoseph N (2024) Macadamia Nuts as a Supplement to Cereal-Based Diets in Malawi. In: Nut Consumption and Usefulness in the Modern World. Food Science and Nutrition . IntechOpen, United Kingdom, pp. 1-28. ISBN 978-0-85466-805-2

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Macadamia is a high value tree crop with rising global demand. As a leading producer, Malawi has seen rapid expansion of macadamia orchards, indicating the crop’s growing economic and nutritional importance. Macadamia nuts serve as a means of income generation and provision of high-quality nutrition among producers and consumers. As a consequence of these benefits, macadamia nut production is rising within the country. Rising domestic and international demand suggests macadamia production will help in economic growth in production areas. Integrating macadamia nuts into local diets could also provide nutritional benefits, allowing Malawi to simultaneously improve well-being and prosperity. To fully utilize this potential, Malawi needs strategic expansion plans for the crop. A comprehensive assessment of current and future suitable production areas is necessary. By matching production capacity to area’s ecological conditions, yields can be optimized within sustainable limits. With mindful, coordinated support for the nascent macadamia industry, Malawi can leverage this crop for healthier, more resilient communities.

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Additional Information: Parts of this chapter were previously published in the doctoral thesis by the same author (Emmanuel Junior Zuza), Exploring the socioeconomic and environmental factors influencing smallholder macadamia production and productivity in Malawi (2023), The Open University. Available from:
Keywords: Macadamia, Malawi, Livelihoods, diets, economic
Divisions: Agriculture, Science and Practice
Depositing User: Dr Emmanuel Zuza
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2024 10:31
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2024 10:31

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