Growth, Poverty and Nutrition Linkages and the Role of FISP

Since its inception in 2005/06 Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) has been at the center of national and global interest. After its initial success in transforming Malawi from a food insecure country to a surplus producer of maize, many African countries have followed suit, modeling their own input subsidy programs on the FISP. However, in >> Read more

2-Part Training: Developing and Mapping Food Security and Nutrition Indicators

MaSSP will hold a two-part training course in Lilongwe on April 7-11 and 14-17. The course prepares participants to use Malawi’s third integrated household survey (IHS3) data to develop indicators of food security, nutrition, and poverty using Stata® software and then displaying the indicators in geospatial maps of Malawi using ArcGIS® mapping software. This course is >> Read more

Unleashing Agriculture’s Potential for Improved Health and Nutrition in Malawi

On September 26-27, 2011, IFPRI together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MoAFS) and supported by USAID and Irish Aid, held the conference "Unleashing Agriculture's Potential for Improved Health and Nutrition in Malawi" at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi, that brought together key players on agriculture, nutrition and health to unleash the >> 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 3: Analyzing the Nutritional Impact of Policies in Malawi

Reducing malnutrition, including undernutrition (insufficient calorie intake) and micronutrient deficiencies (insufficient intake of vitamins and minerals) is a high priority for Malawi and many developing country governments, closely linked to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. However, effective policy intervention requires knowing what causes malnutrition and how different development policies affect the nutritional status of the >> Read more