The warm heart of Africa
Malawi covering 118,484 square kilometer, is one of South East Africa's smaller countries, but with 16.1 million inhabitants and 136 people per square meter, one of the most densely populated. Annual population growth of nearly 3% means land is in ever shorter supply. If there is a drought or rainfalls are distributed unevenly, parts of the population suffer from starvation. Most citizens of Malawi live from the agricultural sector. After tea and sugar, tobacco is the most important product and generates three fifths of export revenue. More than a third of the population cannot read or write.