Discussion Paper 1335: Agricultural policy processes and the youth in Malawi

Associate Research Fellow Mariam Mapila recently published an IFPRI Discussion Paper on the timely topic of youth in agriculture, a policy issue gaining prominence on the global agenda. Evidence exists which shows growing disillusionment with and disinterest in agricultural-based livelihoods among the youth in Africa south of the Sahara. This disillusionment raises concerns for the future of agriculture >> Read more

2-Part Training: Developing and Mapping Food Security and Nutrition Indicators

MaSSP will hold a two-part training course in Lilongwe on April 7-11 and 14-17. The course prepares participants to use Malawi’s third integrated household survey (IHS3) data to develop indicators of food security, nutrition, and poverty using Stata® software and then displaying the indicators in geospatial maps of Malawi using ArcGIS® mapping software. This course is >> Read more

Policy Note 18: Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program: Where do we go from here?

Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) has dominated the agriculture and food security policy landscape in the country since its inception in 2005/06. FISP is now credited—or blamed, depending on one’s viewpoint—for a revival of agricultural input subsidies across Africa as a tool to raise crop productivity and reduce poverty and food insecurity. This follows global reporting >> Read more

Strengthening the Agricultural Statistics System

IFPRI has been working closely with the National Statics Office (NSO) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MoAFS) to strengthen agricultural statistics in Malawi. At the national level, the "Support to Agricultural Statistics in Malawi" program (AgStats) helped establish a functional Agricultural Statistics Forum (ASF) that brings together different stakeholders that generate national level >> Read more

Working Paper 3: Maize Prices and Evidence of Spatial Integration in Malawi

This study tests the long-run and short-run integration of maize markets in Malawi using the co-integration approach within the Vector Autoregressive modeling framework. The analysis is extended to Wald-F Granger Causality tests to see the direction of causality between maize markets. A total of six maize markets, two from each region, were analyzed. Three are >> Read more

Bunda Grant Scheme provides mentorship opportunity for MSc students

A mentorship program launched this year in cooperation with Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bunda Collegeis is supporting four promising young MSc students in Agricultural and Applied Economics each year by providing technical input on their research and a forum in which they can present and receive practical feedback from prominent practitioners in >> Read more

Announcing MaSSP Working Paper Series

We are excited to announce the recent launch of the MaSSP Working Paper Series. The series will showcase research results relevant to Malawi’s agriculture sector from MaSSP-led studies and from MaSSP partners and collaborators, including Bunda College students and government staff, including from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

Working Paper 2: Political economy of agricultural producer support in Malawi

Malawi has struggled to achieve sustained agricultural growth over the last four decades. As such there is need for increased investment and supportive policies if greater success is to be realized. As a prerequisite to identifying the role that improved policies and investment can play, a better understanding is needed of the incentives that producers >> Read more

Working Paper 1: Neopatrimonialism and Agricultural Protection: The case of maize in Malawi

This empirical study uses data from 1970 to 2010 to estimate levels of neopatrimonialism in Malawi. We then test how neopatrimonialism has affected policy-induced agriculture producer incentives. Three dimensions are used to measure neopatrimonialism – systematic clientelism, a power concentration index, and control of corruption. All were negatively related to the level of producer support >> Read more

Policy Note 17: Budget Allocation, Maize Yield Performance, and Food Security Outcomes Under FISP

Food security in Malawi is generally equated with adequate maize production as the country’s main staple crop accounts for more than 60 percent of total food consumption. Malawi has a long history of subsidizing agricultural inputs, either as a general policy to ensure national-level food security or as a response to poor harvests. As such, >> Read more