Agricultural Input Subsidies The Recent Malawi Experience

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  • Copyright: 2013-11-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Ephraim Chirwa, Professor of Economics, Chancellor College, University of Malawi,Andrew Dorward, Professor of Development Economics, Centre for Development Environment and Policy, SOAS, University of London

Ephraim Chirwa is Professor of Economics at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. After graduating from the University of Malawi he worked at the Reserve Bank of Malawi for one year. He won the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fellowship to study economics at the University of Cambridge where he was awarded an MPhil in Economics in 1991. He then worked for the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Malawi as Information and Research Manager. In 1993, he joined the Department of Economics at Chancellor College, University of Malawi as lecturer in economics. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of East Anglia in 2000. Over the last 20 years he has undertaken research on various aspects of the Malawian economy, particularly on agricultural reforms, farming systems, and smallholder farmer organisations. He has collaborated with Andrew Dorward on a number of research projects including the ongoing evaluations of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi since 2006.

Andrew Dorward is Professor of Development Economics at SOAS, University of London, where he led the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy from 2005 to 2011. After reading Agriculture and Forest Sciences at Oxford he worked in an agricultural development programme for the Malawi Government, initially as an Overseas Development Fellow, before completing a PhD at the University of Reading on smallholder farming in northern Malawi. He then worked in agricultural development and in development management training in Ethiopia and Swaziland before returning to lecture and undertake research at Wye College, University of Development. Over the last 20 years he has researched and written widely on smallholder agricultural development, with a primarily African focus, although he has also worked in Latin America and Asia. From 2006 he and Ephraim Chirwa have led ongoing evaluations of the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Programme for the Malawi and British Governments.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part I: Background
2. Agricultural Input Subsidies: Changing Theory and Practice
3. Recent African Experience with Input Subsidies
4. Malawi: Political, Policy, Livelihoods, and Market Background
Part II: Implementation and Impacts of the Malawi Programme
5. FISP Activities and Achievements
6. Direct Impacts of Input Subsidies
7. Economy-wide Effects of Input Subsidies
8. Impacts on Input Market Development
9. Benefit Cost Analysis, 2006-07 to 2010-11
Part III: Strategic Issues
10. Targeting and Access to Input Subsidies
11. Graduation
12. Conclusions

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