Agricultural Storage Market Opportunities- Malawi

The tool calculates production levels and storage market opportunities for a subset of average, rainfed, and irrigated crops at any point in Malawi. In addition, it queries and displays information on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at the district level.

Production Tools

Step 1

Select a crop from the Step 1 drop-down menu. The raster should be displayed on the map. Consult the legend for more information on this visualization.

Step 2

Click either the "Choose District", "Choose Point" or the "Draw Polygon" buttons.

The "Choose Point" button will start the choose district process. Click inside one of the districts outlined on the map.

The "Choose Point" button will open a dialog box. Enter a distance and choose either Miles or Kilometers, then click "Choose Point". Now, click on the map. A buffer of the specified distance will be drawn around your point.

The "Draw Polygon" button will start the draw polygon process. Click on the map to start drawing and double-click to auto-complete the polygon.

Once you have selected your area of interest (either by clicking a point or completing a polygon), the application will calculate the number of pixels that fall within your area and the total production. All pixels with a centroid within your area of interest will be included in these results. Results will be shown in the right panel under the "Current Production" heading.

If you have selected a district, the right panel will also show counts for the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that fall within that district boundaries under the "District Summary" heading. Not all districts have this data.

Step 3

Either enter a percentage value for future production increase in the "Production Increase" text box or drag the slider until the text box shows the correct production increase. Click "Find Future Production".

The application will calculate future production values and display the results in the right panel, under the "Future Production" heading.

Step 4

Enter the count and capacity of big and small silos in your area of interest, along with the current storage utilization. Click "Calculate Current Storage" and the application will use these values to calculate the current storage capacity and utilization of your area of interest.

Results will be shown in the right panel, beneath the "Current Capacity" button.

Step 5

Enter your estimated storage utilization increase and click "Calculate Market Opportunity" and the application will use this value along with the values found in steps 3 and 4 to calculate the future storage utilization and market opportunity.

Results will be shown in the right panel beneath the "Future Capacity" heading, as well as a popup shown on the map.


To choose another crop, area of interest, or other estimation values, click "Clear" and the application should return to its original state.

Search SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises)

Step 1

Select any combination of company name, size, trading center, market function, and crop.

Step 2

Click "Search". The application should highlight all districts with SMEs meeting this critera and download a CSV file with your results.


The legend displays information on the crop layer that was chosen in Step 1 of the Production Tools workflow.

Data Source

To view data citations, click the "Toggle Citation" button.