Impacts of the 2016/17 Food Insecurity Response Programme on maize prices

Following dry spells and crop damage from Fall Armyworm, there is great uncertainty about what this year's harvest will look like. In designing the response to this year's needs, lessons can be learned from the impact of last year’s Food Insecurity Response Programme (FIRP). A recent Brown Bag Research Seminar by IFPRI Malawi’s own Bob >> Read more

DFID Policy Brief on 2016/17 Farm Input Subsidy Program

Up until last year, the decade-long Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) - a national programme designed to improve resource poor smallholder farmers’ access to improved agricultural inputs- had remained largely unchanged despite some criticisms about areas for improvement. A set of reforms finally came in 2016/17. A new policy brief published by the UK Aid >> Read more

Save the Date – Upcoming Brown Bag Research Seminars

The IFPRI-Malawi office invites you to join us for the following seminars as part of the MaSSP Brown Bag Research Seminar series, which allows for presentation of early research results for discussion and feedback. Date Seminar Title Presenters Wednesday, March 7 2:00-3:30 Relaxing Constraints for Family Farmers: Providing Capital and Information in Malawi Susie Godlonton >> Read more

Project Note: How much did the maize export ban cost Malawi?

In a new MaSSP Project Note, IFPRI Malawi estimated the potential lost revenue of Malawi's export ban on maize following the 2016/17 harvesting season. Researchers estimated K69billion as the sum of gross revenue local traders could have earned, were they permitted to export their maize to Kigali, Rwanda. The sum was estimated as up to K54billion >> Read more

Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi

Despite the slew of statistics about the importance of women’s participation in agriculture to feed a growing population, particularly in Africa south of the Sahara, details about the agricultural work women do and their specific constraints are not always elaborated on at the country level. We know, for example, that women comprise a large proportion >> Read more

Key lessons from the High-Level Compact2025 Forum: Moving from Relief to Resilience

On October 31, 2017, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) hosted the Compact2025 Malawi Forum in Lilongwe, calling upon stakeholders from across Ministries, development and research organizations, and civil society to discuss how Malawi can accelerate progress in moving from food relief to building food system resilience. The Compact2025 initiative aims to end hunger >> Read more

Policy Note 30: Traditional Leadership and Social Support in Southern Malawi

Food and nutrition security remains elusive in Malawi, particularly for rural, agrarian communities affected by seasonal shocks, climate change and land scarcity. Many state and donor-led social support programs exist to help villagers cope with these shocks, but less is known about informal community support systems. Policy Note 30 presents qualitative findings on the role of >> Read more

Defining and building resilience in Malawi: how Compact2025 can help

On October 31, 2017, the International Food Policy Research Institute will host the 2017 Compact2025 Forum, “Moving from Relief to Resilience: Achieving Sustainable Food Security for Malawi” at the Bingu International Conference Center in Lilongwe. In August, the Government of Malawi published the National Resilience Plan, to be followed by the forthcoming National Resilience Strategy. >> Read more

Malawi GHI 2017: Sustained improvement yet persistent hunger

Last week, IFPRI, Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide launched the 2017 Global Hunger Index. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool developed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional and national levels. Each year, the GHI is calculated and used to measure progress. By tracking progress over time, we hope the GHI can >> Read more

Compact2025 Forum in Malawi: Moving From Relief to Resilience

Hunger and undernutrition impose enormous human and economic costs, not only increasing disease and death for millions, but also reducing global gross domestic product by US$1.4–2.1 trillion a year. Yet the tools to end them by 2025 are within our grasp. Compact2025 is an initiative launched in November 2015, which aims to end hunger and undernutrition >> Read more