Inaugural ECAMA Research Symposium


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The Inaugural Research Symposium of the Economics Association of Malawi, held in Lilongwe from 8th to 10th October, 2014.

ECAMA aims to provide independent, evidence-based economic advice to its members and other stakeholders in Malawi. Annually ECAMA holds an conference that aims at encouraging open, proactive debate and policy dialogue on pertinent economic issues in Malawi so as to inform policy making and influence the development agenda of the country.  This year, with support from the respective country programs of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Malawi, ECAMA hosted an Inaugural ECAMA Research Symposium preceding the ECAMA Annual Conference. Research presented at the symposium covered the broad theme of "Achieving Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth: From Rhetoric to Practice." Find the program details and links to available presentations below. Click here to download the full Symposium Report.


Wednesday 8 October 2014: Pre-symposium workshops

Strengthening storage, credit, and food security linkages: The role and potential impact of warehouse receipt systems (WRSs) in Malawi


Unpacking the “black box” of public expenditure statistics: Lessons from a diagnostic analysis of agricultural sector public expenditures 


Main Symposium

Parallel session 1

Agricultural technology adoption (1) Climate change and environment Governance
Chair: Sarah de Tournemire Chair: James Thurlow Chair: Chance Mwabutwa
  • Is climate change all that bad? An ex ante biophysical and economic evaluation of implications on maize productivity, farm incomes and poverty to 2070 in Mzimba district: Arthur Chibwana et al.
  • Effects of smallholder gravity-fed irrigation scheme participation on per capita household incomes in Malawi : Tsilizani Landitsani Mseu & CBL Jumbe
  • Agricultural information perceptions and behaviors of smallholder farmers in the Central Region of Malawi: Fallys Masambuka-Kanchewa

Parallel session 2

Agricultural technology adoption (2) Health and nutrition Monetary and fiscal policy
Chair: Thabbie Chilongo Chair: Noora Aberman Chair: Ben Kaluwa
  • Profitability of fertilizer use in Malawi: A spatial econometrics analysis: Francis A Darko, J Ricker-Gilbert & G Shively
  • The cost of ill health on welfare of rural households: The case of Teuka village, Zomba district, Malawi : Lauryn Khangamwa, Patrick Kambewa, Winford Masanjala, Celia Petty & John Seaman



Plenary: Growth, economic transformation, and the changing role of agriculture (Coordinated by IFPRI)


Parallel session 3

Agricultural growth and development Trade and industry policy Education & labor markets
Chair: Ephraim Chirwa Chair: Noël Chalamanda Chair: Blessings Chinsinga
  • The prism of rejecting the double burden on employers through pension reforms: how Malawi moved away from paying the severance allowance and pension at the same time: Mtendeweka Mhango
  • Mobile E-Learning: The Choice between responsive/mobile websites and mobile applications for virtual learning environment for increasing access to higher education in Malawi : Chifundo Chilivumbo


Plenary: Impact evaluations using randomized control trials (Coordinated by IPA)


Parallel session 4

Agriculture and natural resources Poverty measurement Financial sector
Chair: Mariam Kadzamira Chair: Andrew Dorward Chair: Temwa Gondwe


Plenary: Upgraded paper session & closing (Coordinated by ECAMA)



*ECAMA supports the newly established Malawi Journal of Economics (MAJE). Authors from all disciplines within the broader economics profession are encouraged to submit articles to this journal. For information please contact Editor in Chief, Prof. Ephraim Chirwa