This report presents findings of the capacity needs assessment for the Malawi Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (SAKSS). The study was conducted from August to December 2012. The overall purpose of the country‐level capacity needs assessment was to develop a country‐specific capacity‐strengthening strategy to meet the strategic‐analysis and knowledge management objectives of the country Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) process. The specific objective of the capacity needs assessment in Malawi was to identify areas for improving the quality and utility of agricultural policy analysis, investment planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and knowledge management at the country level. The findings of the study have been used to draw up some recommendations and develop a capacity‐strengthening strategy for the Malawi SAKSS.