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

Policy Note 15: How Best to Target Agricultural Subsidies?

Over the past few years, Malawi made remarkable progress toward increasing its national maize production and achieving food security owing to its Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP). Likewise, the implementation of the subsidy program is continuously being improved upon as the country learns from past experience. Recent evaluations of the Fertilizer Input Support Programs (FISP) >> Read more

Policy Note 8: Agricultural Growth, Poverty and Nutrition Linkages in Malawi

While economic growth is generally acknowledged as a necessary precondition for reducing poverty, relatively little is known about how growth and nutrition are related. Therefore, questions persist regarding how to leverage economic policies so that they have a larger impact on nutrition. In recent years the Malawian government allocated a large share of its resources >> Read more

Policy Note 5: The Impacts of Agriculture Inputs Subsidy in Malawi

Achieving food self-sufficiency on a national basis is a high priority for the government of Malawi. The goal of the Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) is to enhance food self-sufficiency by increasing smallholder farmers’ access to and use of improved agricultural inputs, thereby boosting the incomes of resource-poor farmers. This policy note summarizes the results >> Read more