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Effects of Maize Fertilizer Subsidies on Food Security in Malawi

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  • Bentry Mkwara

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    (University of Waikato)

  • Dan Marsh

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    (University of Waikato)

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This study employs spatial analysis to examine the impact of smallholder fertilizer subsidies on national and household food security in Malawi. It illustrates that at national level, food security is positively linked to fertilizer subsidies. However, at household level, maize production is heavily skewed with the south lagging behind the centre and the north. In the short-to-medium term, replacing the current countrywide subsidy program with a more targeted one is highly recommended. Furthermore, by diversifying into other crops or small-scale businesses, smallholders may be able to increase their income and hence food buying power.

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Paper provided by University of Waikato, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 11/14.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 18 Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:wai:econwp:11/14

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Keywords: maize; subsidy; food security; Malawi;

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