publication . Preprint . 2002

Elitist Land and Agriculture Policies and the Food Problem in Malawi

Kalonga Stambuli;
Open Access
  • Published: 08 Nov 2002
The author argues that conversion of over 1 million hectares of customary land to leasehold land tenure merely endowed the elite with excessive landholdings they did not fully utilise for tobacco production because it exceeded the requirement for production of the quota of tobacco output allocated to Malawi. However, as a result of population growth food demands exceeded the carrying capacity of household land whose quality also diminished resulting in steep decline in food productivity. The author also argues that government policy of suppressing producer prices combined with a policy of preventing smallholder farmers from growing the lucrative tobacco crop red...
free text keywords: Food, agriculture, starvation, land, poverty, jel:D1, jel:D2, jel:D3, jel:D4

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