Discussion Paper 1653: Does Providing Agricultural and Nutrition Information to Both Men and Women Improve Household Food Security? Evidence from Malawi

Malawi is among the countries in Africa south of the Sahara where millions of smallholder farmers rely on agriculture to ensure their families’ livelihoods, yet low land productivity, inadequate agricultural inputs, labor limitations, and erratic rains translate into widespread food shortages, hunger, and poverty. Particularly in Malawi, poverty, food insecurity, and undernutrition remain significant problems >> Read more

Discussion Paper 1654: Limited Attention and Information Loss in the Lab-to-Farm Knowledge Chain: The Case of Malawian Agricultural Extension Programs

Agricultural extension plays a crucial role in promoting agricultural productivity, increasing food security, improving rural livelihoods, and promoting agriculture as an engine of economic growth in developing countries. Yet, for agricultural knowledge to move from theory into practice, or from lab to field, extension services provide a critical linkage directly to farmers. In a new >> Read more

Working Paper 17: Localized public investment and agricultural performance in Malawi: An econometric approach

Using panel data econometric techniques, this paper evaluates how public expenditure influences agricultural performance at the district level in Malawi by empirically estimating localized expenditure multipliers for the districts. The results of the analysis show that public expenditures in agriculture have generally been positive, with variable impacts on agricultural growth at the district level. The >> Read more

Policy Note 26: Under what policy and market conditions will Malawi’s smallholder farmers switch from tobacco to soyabean?

Malawi has the potential to reorient its smallholder agriculture away from being primarily directed towards assuring household subsistence and self-sufficiency to increased commercial production, including of soybean. This study shows how this shift would reduce the country’s reliance on tobacco and diversify its agricultural production and exports. As a legume, furthermore, soybean would also have >> Read more

The Food-Energy-Water Security Nexus: Policy Dialogue Workshop

Food security, energy and water constitute basic needs of households. Commonly, interventions of policymakers or other stakeholders which target the necessities of households only focus on one of these needs. However, the supply of food, energy and water depends on a complex and interrelating system of natural resources. The Food Security-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus project has >> Read more

Agricultural Policy and Institutional Strengthening Workshop on ASWAp II

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD), with support from the New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support Project (NAPAS: Malawi)  will host a National Workshop on ASWAp II- Agricultural Policy and Institutional Strengthening (APIS) from October 24 to 26, 2016 at Capital Hotel, Lilongwe. The major objectives of the workshop are for participants to: >> Read more

MoIT Dissemination Workshop on Export Bans and Minimum Farm Gate Prices

How can Malawi’s trade and export policies on agricultural products best support dual goals of food security and growth in the agriculture sector? Exploring this important topic, IFPRI presented research results at a “Dissemination Workshop on Export Bans and Minimum Farm Gate Prices Study” organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), at the >> Read more

FSP Research Paper 17: Crop suitability maps and an agricultural zonation scheme for Malawi

Although relatively small, Malawi is a country with significant agro-ecological diversity.  In consequence, generations of Malawian farmers have developed a variety of quite complex farming systems to exploit distinct combinations of local agricultural resources. An important implication of this variety of farming systems is that the comparative advantage of different areas of Malawi for the production >> Read more

Discussion Paper 1549: A Farm Level Perspective of the Policy Challenges for Export Diversification in Malawi: Example of the Oilseeds and Maize Sectors

The primary goal of this study was to investigate the potential to expand oilseeds, specifically soybean, as an alternative commercial crop to tobacco among Malawian farmers. A principal motivation for undertaking the study at the microeconomic level is to determine, in a theoretically consistent fashion, the type of policy and economic environment under which farmers begin >> Read more

Special seminar by Prof. David Canning: The Demographic Dividend in Africa: Does it Apply to Malawi?

On 5 August 2016 IFPRI-Malawi held a special seminar by Professor David Canning (Professor of Population Science and Professor of Economic & Public Health at Harvard University’s Chan School of Public Health) entitled “The Demographic Dividend in Africa: Does it apply to Malawi?” Professor Canning presented on the components of population growth, new views on >> Read more