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Malawi

Overview of key events

  • February 2012: MAFAP policy monitoring and analysis work started.

  • March 2012 and ongoing: Analysis of policy impact of seven key agricultural commodity chains.

  • April/May 2013: Workshop to discuss the main findings of the MAFAP Policy Review for Malawi.
  • January/April 2014: Analysis of the effects of policies and market performances on prices for eight agricultural commodities during 2005-2013 and analysis on public expenditure allocated to agriculture and rural development for the period 2005-2013.
  • March 2014: Technical consultation on results for price incentives analysis.
  • April 2014: Official presentation of the price incentives analysis and public expenditure results

Policy Analysis Partners

Policy Dialogue Partners

Commodities Analysed

  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Planning division

  • The Centre for Agriculture Research and Development, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Planning division

 

  • Cassava
  • Cotton
  • Groundnuts
  • Maize
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Tobacco

Key Findings

  • Despite a volatile policy environment, disincentives for agricultural production in Malawi were reduced between 2005 and 2010. Increased investment is needed to achieve other ASWAp objectives and generate sustainable agricultural growth.

  • Domestic prices are converging with international prices. Disincentives are decreasing for producers of food security related crops. However, ad hoc policies and a lack of infrastructure create obstacles for producers and consumers.

Key Resources

  • Three technical notes analysing the effects of policies and market performances on prices for the period 2005-2010.

To be released by April 2014:

  • Eight technical notes analysing the effects of policies and market performances on prices for the period 2005-2012/13.

  • A technical note on public expenditure allocated to agriculture and rural development for the period 2005-2013.
  • A comprehensive country report including key findings on prices analysis, public expenditure and an analysis of policy coherence.
  • A database with all indicators on price analysis and public expenditure.

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