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Mountains of Maize, Persistent Poverty

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  • Jayne, Thomas S.
  • Mason, Nicole M.
  • Burke, William J.
  • Shipekesa, Arthur M.
  • Chapoto, Antony
  • Kabaghe, Chance

The past two years are a tribute to Zambian farmers; they have responded admirably to government efforts to promote maize production. But ironically, rural poverty remains stubbornly high despite the fact that the government has spent over 2% of the nation’s gross domestic product in supporting maize production and subsidizing inputs for farmers. Why is it that maize production has increased so impressively without making a serious dent in rural poverty? And what are the lessons for the new government?

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Paper provided by Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in its series Food Security Collaborative Policy Briefs with number 118476.

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Date of creation: Nov 2011
Handle: RePEc:ags:midcpb:118476
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