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Repeated Access and Impacts of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi

Chirwa, Ephraim; Matita, Mirriam; Mvula, Peter; Dorward, Andrew;
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  • Publisher: Future Agricultures Consortium
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This paper analyses the impacts of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) using a balanced four-year panel of 461 households from 2004/5, 2006/7, 2008/9 and 2010/11 agricultural seasons. We find evidence of economy wide and input market effects of the subsidy programme. The economy-wide effects of the subsidy programme are strong particularly due to lower maize prices and increased ganyu wage rates. The economy-wide effects of the subsidy which arise from higher ganyu wage rates, reduced time spent on ganyu, availability of maize at local level and lower prices of maize have enabled poor households to access maize when they run out of their own production.\ud \...
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free text keywords: 3900, 3902

Dorward, A. R. and Chirwa, E. W. 2012. Informal Rural Economy Modelling of Programme Impacts, 2005/6 to 2010/11: Discussion Paper. Evaluation of the 2010/11 Farm Input Subsidy Programme, Malawi. London: School of Oriental and African Studies.

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