Policy Note 23: The national extension policy of Malawi – lessons from implementation

The Government of Malawi put in place the National Extension Policy in 2000 to promote the provision of quality agricultural extension services. Fifteen years after its introduction, while action has been taken on some components, many key elements of the policy remain largely unimplemented. This note outlines the evidence on why much progress has not >> Read more

Malawi’s farm subsidy benefits the poor but doesn’t come cheap

This article was originally published on The Conversation.  ************************* Malawi’s farm input subsidy benefits the poor and can be part of a viable national development strategy. Agriculture is Malawi’s main economic sector. It generates one-third of GDP, half of total export earnings and two-thirds of employment. The farm input subsidy programme is a prime example >> Read more

The unintended effects of food security policies: managing maize markets in Malawi

The price of maize has been more volatile in Malawi than in any other country in the region over the last decade. Measures to address this volatility and related food shortages can have unintended negative effects on the sector, keeping farmers in subsistence agriculture and stagnating commercial growth and agricultural transformation. However, relatively simple measures >> Read more

Call for Nominations has closed

The Nourishing Millions call for nominations has closed. We received a wide range of nominations for innovative nutrition success stories from around the world. These results make it clear that the recent rise of nutrition to the top of the global development agenda is due to the hard work of practitioners, policymakers, educators, and researchers >> Read more