Discussion Paper 1673: Capacity and Accountability in the Agricultural Extension System in Malawi

The government of Malawi is in the process of reviewing its national extension policy and developing an effective extension strategy, all while implementing and monitoring extension activities under its National Agriculture Policy. A newly published IFPRI Discussion Paper, Capacity and Accountability in the Agricultural Extension System in Malawi: Insights from a Survey of Service Providers in 15 Districts, >> Read more

Policy Note 29: The Case for Structured Markets in Malawi

A new IFPRI-Malawi Policy Note examines the types and potential contributions of structured markets—organized and formal places where farmers, traders, processors, millers, banks and others may enter into regulated trading and financial arrangements. Structured markets are being promoted by the Government of Malawi as a solution to inefficiencies in the crop export market. Currently, exporters from Malawi do >> Read more

Policy Note 28: Priorities for Irrigation Investment in Malawi

With an already high (and fast growing) population, a high dependence on rain-fed agriculture, and high vulnerability to the effects of climate change, Malawi's food security status is at risk, especially if strategies to enhance food production under a changing climate are not prioritized. Irrigation offers a key solution to food insecurity in the face >> Read more

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

Exploring a changing employment landscape: Implications for Malawi’s youth

Throughout this month, USAID Malawi is highlighting work that focuses on youth and population issues. As they look at how support from the U.S. and other partners have contributed to programs that help uplift youth in Malawi, we offer a peek at some interesting recent findings from IFPRI researchers on this topic. A forthcoming peer-reviewed >> Read more

New report shows regional spending on agricultural research lags behind other ag spending

A new report on agricultural research in Africa south of the Sahara by Agricultural Science & Technology Indicators (ASTI), asserts that—despite progress towards the regionwide commitments of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)—agricultural research investment in the region is growing more slowly than spending on other agricultural areas, such as farm support, subsidies, and >> Read more

New study: Effects of lean-season food transfers on children’s diets and household food security

A newly published study in the Journal of Nutrition uses evidence from a quasi-experiment in Malawi to examine the effectiveness of social programs, such as food transfers, on the quantity and quality of food consumed by poor households. 

Policy Note 27: Localized public investment and agricultural performance in Malawi: Synposis

The contribution of public investment to agricultural productivity is well recognized as a key determinant of agricultural growth. Malawi is one of the few countries in Africa that has surpassed the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) commitment of spending at least 10 percent of one's national budget on agriculture. Policy Note 27 focuses on how public >> Read more

New study looks at early effects of Africa RISING Program in Malawi

[Originally posted on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets website.] “Agricultural (research) programs without rigorous impact evaluation tend to focus on rapid testing (and rollout) of technologies with high-probability adopters to provide swift feedback to donor constituencies. Such programs also tend to favor numeric accomplishments over a deeper understanding of complex development >> Read more