Policy Note 20: Challenges to soya export promotion: An institutional analysis of trade policy in Malawi

This policy note summarizes the results of the full study on the challenges of broadening Malawi's export base from largely tobacco-dominated to include other high potential commodities like soya.  This study hypothesizes that there are institutional barriers impeding consistent growth in soya exports and seek to identify the critical ones and undertakes an institutional analysis of the soya export sector. Using a qualitative research approach based on semi-structured interviews using the Net-Map method, this policy note examines a) the policy environment, b) the exporters and the regulatory actors, c) the framework of legal rules and requirements for exporting soya, and d) the ways in which the policy environment and regulatory framework influence actor behavior.

By Noora-Lisa Aberman and Brent Edelman, 2015

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