Compact2015 Malawi Roundtable Discussion: reports available

In the coming lean season Malawi is likely to face its largest humanitarian crisis of the decade. This dire situation raises the question of what must be done to protect the most vulnerable from the lasting effects of acute undernutrition, as well as how to sustainably address chronic hunger and undernutrition in this country. Compact2025, >> Read more

Working Paper 15: Achieving food security and industrial development in Malawi: Are export restrictions the solution?

Restrictions on exports of staples or cash crops are frequently imposed in developing countries to promote food security or industrial development goals. By diverting production to the local market, these policies aim to reduce prices and increase the supply of food or intermediate inputs to the benefit of consumers or downstream industrial users. Although export >> Read more

Policy Note 24: Have market policies turned Malawi’s large-scale farmers into subsistence maize producers?

In the last two decades, food security policy in Malawi has focused on enhancing the maize productivity of smallholder farmers, primarily through the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP). While this has raised maize yields, production shocks, such as droughts and floods, continue to result in wide-spread food insecurity in the country. In 2014/15, for example, >> Read more

Compact 2025 Initiative to hold Roundtable Discussion in Malawi

In the coming year Malawi is likely to face its largest humanitarian crisis of the decade. This dire situation, in spite of continued action by government and development partners, raises the question of what must be done to sustainably address hunger and undernutrition in this country. A new IFPRI initiative attempts to answer this question. >> Read more

Training Malawi’s Media on Food Security and Nutrition

The USAID Feed the Future Food Security Policy Innovation Lab (FSP) seeks to promote inclusive agricultural productivity growth, better nutritional outcomes, and strengthened livelihood resilience through enhanced policy environments. On 18-22 April 2016, IFPRI and the University of Pretoria colleagues conducted a training workshop with members of the Malawi food security and nutrition media network >> Read more

IFPRI’s 2016 Global Food Policy Report

The Global Food Policy Report is IFPRI’s flagship publication. This year’s annual report examines major food policy issues, global and regional developments, and commitments made in 2015, and presents data on key food policy indicators. The report also proposes key policy options for 2016 and beyond to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Of particular relevance to >> Read more

Stakeholder survey to assess the quality of agriculture and food security policy processes in Malawi

The New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support Program undertook a survey June - August 2015 to inform government and other stakeholders in Malawi’s agricultural sector on how these policy processes might be improved. The sample of stakeholders who participated are involved in the processes through which agricultural and food security policy and programs are formulated and >> Read more

The unintended effects of food security policies: managing maize markets in Malawi

The price of maize has been more volatile in Malawi than in any other country in the region over the last decade. Measures to address this volatility and related food shortages can have unintended negative effects on the sector, keeping farmers in subsistence agriculture and stagnating commercial growth and agricultural transformation. However, relatively simple measures >> Read more

MaSSP Report: Mapping the Linkages between agriculture, food security and nutrition in Malawi

In spite of rapid small-holder led economic growth in Malawi over the past decade, almost half of all children under five years of age in Malawi still suffer from undernutrition. Although some of these children may be getting enough to eat in terms of total calories, few are consuming sufficient quantities of nutrient-rich foods—meat, fish, eggs, >> Read more

Working Paper 13: Strategic options for agriculture and development in Malawi

This paper considers potential strategic options for agriculture and development in Malawi in the context of the country’s current situation and the prospects the country faces. After briefly reviewing current national and sectoral policy and potential roles of smallholder agriculture in economic growth, we set out the current situation in order to consider strengths, weaknesses, >> Read more