How diversified is cropping in Malawi? Patterns, determinants and policy implications

Micro- and macroeconomic evidence suggest that the promotion of agricultural diversification in agriculture-based developing countries is beneficial. At the microeconomic level, increased agricultural diversification promotes human nutrition and raises household incomes, while allowing farmers to adapt to the challenges posed by climate change. A study recently published in Food Security journal used Malawi as a >> Read more

Adoption and impact of climate smart maize varieties in southern Africa

The economies of many African countries depend on the agricultural sector. However, the sector has performed poorly in recent years, posing challenges to countries’ development goals of ensuring food security and reducing poverty. This is due in part to over-dependence on rain-fed agriculture, as well as climate change and variability. Droughts can severely impact crop >> Read more

Launching Key Facts Series: Key Facts Sheet on Agriculture and Food Security

IFPRI Malawi is pleased to announce the publication of a "Key Facts Sheet: Agriculture and Food Security." This is the first in a series of Key Facts sheets that IFPRI will be producing based on the third and fourth Integrated Household Surveys (IHS). The purpose of the series is to present data relevant to key >> 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

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 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

Policy dialogue: Improving Food Security, Diets, and Nutrition through Multi-Sectoral Action

Improving food security and nutrition requires coordinated multi-sectoral action—something which carries an array of complexities and challenges in order to be done effectively. To tackle these challenges and pave a path towards better food security and nutrition, the Malawi offices of Save the Children and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are convening a >> 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. 

Malawi GHI 2016: Sustaining Progress through a Time of Crisis

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally, regionally, and by country. Each year the GHI is calculated and used to assess progress. By calling attention to the issue, we hope that the GHI will trigger action to reduce hunger in Malawi and around the world. This year’s >> Read more