Soya Export Bans and Applying Net-Map to Trade Policy Reform in Malawi

Export bans, export license requirements, and other non-tariff barriers (NTB’s) faced by exporters of agricultural commodities have been the subject of much public discourse in Malawi of late. At the May 2014 "Trade, Industry and Private Sector Development Sector Wide Approach (TIPSWAp)" quarterly meeting, ministry officials, private sector representatives, and development partners launched a discussion on >> Read more

Policy Note 18: Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program: Where do we go from here?

Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) has dominated the agriculture and food security policy landscape in the country since its inception in 2005/06. FISP is now credited—or blamed, depending on one’s viewpoint—for a revival of agricultural input subsidies across Africa as a tool to raise crop productivity and reduce poverty and food insecurity. This follows global reporting >> Read more

Working Paper 2: Political economy of agricultural producer support in Malawi

Malawi has struggled to achieve sustained agricultural growth over the last four decades. As such there is need for increased investment and supportive policies if greater success is to be realized. As a prerequisite to identifying the role that improved policies and investment can play, a better understanding is needed of the incentives that producers >> Read more

Working Paper 1: Neopatrimonialism and Agricultural Protection: The case of maize in Malawi

This empirical study uses data from 1970 to 2010 to estimate levels of neopatrimonialism in Malawi. We then test how neopatrimonialism has affected policy-induced agriculture producer incentives. Three dimensions are used to measure neopatrimonialism – systematic clientelism, a power concentration index, and control of corruption. All were negatively related to the level of producer support >> Read more

Policy Note 9: Poverty in Malawi: Current Status and Knowledge Gaps

As in many developing countries, poverty reduction is a primary development goal in Malawi. The country is committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek, among other things, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. Over the years, the Malawian government has pursued poverty reduction efforts through various strategies emphasizing economic growth, infrastructural development, and >> Read more