Working Paper 17: Localized public investment and agricultural performance in Malawi: An econometric approach

Using panel data econometric techniques, this paper evaluates how public expenditure influences agricultural performance at the district level in Malawi by empirically estimating localized expenditure multipliers for the districts. The results of the analysis show that public expenditures in agriculture have generally been positive, with variable impacts on agricultural growth at the district level. The >> 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

Agricultural Policy and Institutional Strengthening Workshop on ASWAp II

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD), with support from the New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support Project (NAPAS: Malawi)  will host a National Workshop on ASWAp II- Agricultural Policy and Institutional Strengthening (APIS) from October 24 to 26, 2016 at Capital Hotel, Lilongwe. The major objectives of the workshop are for participants to: >> Read more

FSP Research Paper 17: Crop suitability maps and an agricultural zonation scheme for Malawi

Although relatively small, Malawi is a country with significant agro-ecological diversity.  In consequence, generations of Malawian farmers have developed a variety of quite complex farming systems to exploit distinct combinations of local agricultural resources. An important implication of this variety of farming systems is that the comparative advantage of different areas of Malawi for the production >> Read more

Malawi Land Symposium Event: Report available

The National Land Symposium on “Complexities of Land Issues in Malawi and their Implications for Agricultural Commercialization” is one of the activities carried out under the policy communication component of the New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support: Malawi Project (NAPAS: Malawi). The symposium was held on 20 April 2016 at the Bingu International Conference Center in >> Read more

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

Policy Note 25: Are Malawi’s maize and soya trade restrictions causing more harm than good? A summary of evidence and practical alternatives

Since the early 2000's, the government of Malawi has used trade restrictions, export bans in particular, to control trade flows for maize and soya, among other crops. This note explores how effective maize and soya export bans have been in achieving their stated goals. It also considers the unintended side effects of export bans, including >> 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

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

Toward a National Agricultural Policy

This is an exciting time for agricultural policy in Malawi. The entrance of a new administration as Malawi celebrates 50 years of independence has sparked active engagement by various stakeholders on the proposed focus of agriculture policy and a vision for the country’s future. A recent symposium organized by LUANAR and IFPRI took place that synthesized >> Read more