Policy Note 25: Are Malawi’s maize and soya trade restrictions causing more harm than good? A summary of evidence and practical alternatives

Trucks loaded with soya cake for export from Malawi, 2014 (Source: B. Edelman)

Trucks loaded with soya cake for export from Malawi, 2014 (Source: B. Edelman)

Since the early 2000's, the government of Malawi has used trade restrictions, export bans in particular, to control trade flows for maize and soya, among other crops. This note explores how effective maize and soya export bans have been in achieving their stated goals. It also considers the unintended side effects of export bans, including price volatility and limited engagement of large-scale commercial producers.

By Brent Edelman & Bob Baulch, 2016

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