Agricultural Input Subsidies: The Recent Malawi Experience

Hardcover | October 15, 2013

byEphraim Chirwa, Andrew Dorward

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Agricultural input subsidies have been adopted on a large scale across different African countries in the last few years. However global experience with input subsidies has been mixed, and there is considerable concern that current input subsidies will turn out to be expensive politicalprogrammes with very limited development benefits. There is, however, also considerable enthusiasm for new, "smart" approaches in subsidies' delivery and for their potential to raise the productivity of millions of poor smallholder farmers and lift them out of poverty while promoting wider foodsecurity. This book takes forward our understanding of agricultural input subsidies in low income countries. A review and extension of current thinking on the potential roles of such subsidies provides the basis for a broad examination of recent documented experience in different African countries and thenfor: a detailed examination of Malawi's current agricultural input subsidy programme, the main focus of the book. This large programme has been the subject a very considerable international debate, much of it unfortunately little informed by the substantial amount of information available on theprogramme. Drawing on their extensive involvement with the programme over many years and on a wide range of information sources, the authors provide a detailed analysis of the historical, political and agro-economic roots and context of the programme, and its implementation and impacts from 2005 to 2011. Ofinterest in its own right, this also provides critical insights into the potential benefits and risks with such programmes, and on political and technical issues that are critical in success or failure,.

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Agricultural input subsidies have been adopted on a large scale across different African countries in the last few years. However global experience with input subsidies has been mixed, and there is considerable concern that current input subsidies will turn out to be expensive politicalprogrammes with very limited development benefits....

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 19...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199683522

ISBN - 13:9780199683529

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I: Background2. Agricultural Input Subsidies: Changing Theory and Practice3. Recent African Experience with Input Subsidies4. Malawi: Political, Policy, Livelihoods, and Market BackgroundPart II: Implementation and Impacts of the Malawi Programme5. FISP Activities and Achievements6. Direct Impacts of Input Subsidies7. Economy-wide Effects of Input Subsidies8. Impacts on Input Market Development9. Benefit Cost Analysis, 2006-07 to 2010-11Part III: Strategic Issues10. Targeting and Access to Input Subsidies11. Graduation12. Conclusions