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

Working Paper 22: Impacts of the 2016/17 Food Insecurity Response Program on Maize Prices in Malawi

In early 2016, Malawi suffered its second consecutive year of harvest failure.  An emergency was declared in April 2016 and the resulting humanitarian response, known as the Food Insecurity Response Program (FIRP), was of unprecedented scale: almost 40 percent of the population received in-kind food or cash transfers (or both) at an estimated cost of >> 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

Op-ed: Is smuggling of maize necessarily bad?

In recent days, MDF troops have been deployed to the northern border to prevent the smuggling of maize into Tanzania and Zambia.  While this action seems a natural response during a year of national food shortage, four factors should give us pause for thought.

MaSSP Report: The state of agricultural extension and advisory services provision in Malawi

  Though Malawi has made some recent progress in increasing agricultural production and economic growth as well as reducing food insecurity, undernutrition and food insecurity remain widespread with 37 percent of children under five being stunted according to the 2015/16 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and 6.7 million people estimated to be in need of >> Read more

Malawi’s First National Agriculture Policy Picks up Momentum

A few months back, in November 2016, the government of Malawi had a good reason to celebrate. Following an intensive collaborative process, a group of stakeholders—led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD)—developed and launched the country’s first ever Malawi-born National Agriculture Policy (NAP), and it was impressive. With a long list >> Read more