Evaluating the impact of the Malawi Agricultural Input Subsidy
January 26, 2011
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Dorward, School of Oriental and African Studies
Agriculture and maize are extremely important to the livelihoods and well-being of most Malawian people living in rural areas. However, agricultural production in Malawi faces important problems like volatility of maize prices, high input costs, supply in some areas and land degradation or thin markets that keep the productivity low.
To break the vicious circle of low productivity trap, vulnerability and food security, the Malawi government runs a large-scale Agricultural Input Subsidy programme. Since 2005, the programme has been enlarged targeting approximately half of the farmers in Malawi every year. The programme delivers fertilizers for maize production and vouchers for tobacco fertilizers and improved maize seeds.
Dr. Andrew Dorward, Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies presented the findings of his evaluation which shows that the input subsidy programme increased national maize production and productivity. The programme also contributed to increased food availability, higher wages, wider economic growth and poverty reduction.