Stakeholder survey to assess the quality of agriculture and food security policy processes in Malawi

The New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support Program undertook a survey June - August 2015 to inform government and other stakeholders in Malawi’s agricultural sector on how these policy processes might be improved. The sample of stakeholders who participated are involved in the processes through which agricultural and food security policy and programs are formulated and revised in Malawi. The survey was successfully completed with responses obtained from 86 stakeholders in these processes coming from government, civil society, the private sector, donor agencies, and policy research institutions. A report and a shorter brief on the results from two modules of the survey questionnaire have now been prepared.

The report and brief focus on the responses participants gave to the survey questions on the content and inclusiveness of the discussions and debate in agriculture and food security policy processes and on the institutional framework within which the processes take place. These two documents are now available online on a website of Michigan State University and can be downloaded from there:

The broad findings from this analysis of the survey data are that, while some positive developments have been achieved and elements of agriculture and food security policy processes in Malawi are quite strong, considerable improvements are still needed to ensure effective and efficient policy processes on agriculture and food security issues in the country. Better quality policy processes will lead to better outcomes in the agricultural sector and ensure that the sector's contributions to the development of the economy of Malawi and the food security of its citizens are positive and sound.