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Agricultural input subsidies : the recent Malawi experience

Author: Ephraim W Chirwa; A Dorward
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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This title provides a detailed, comprehensive, and objective analysis of Malawi's agricultural input subsidy programme, its history, implementation, achievements, and shortcomings.
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Chirwa, Ephraim W.
Agricultural input subsidies : the recent Malawi experience.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013
xvi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
(OCoLC)861619241
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ephraim W Chirwa; A Dorward
ISBN: 9780191506499 0191506494 9780191763069 0191763063
OCLC Number: 868923920
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (315 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Background: challenges in African agricultural development --
Objectives and outline --
Data and methods --
Part I. Background. 2. Agricultural input subsidies: changing theory and practice --
'Conventional' input subsidies in agricultural development--theory and practice --
Resurgent interest in input subsidies --
Input subsidies' successes, failures, and potential --
Input subsidies' roles and objectives --
Design and implementation features --
Conditions affecting effectiveness --
Rethinking input subsidies: a conceptual framework --
3. Recent African experience with input subsidies --
Introduction --
Ghana --
Zambia Fertilizer Support Programme and Food Security Pack --
Nigeria --
Tanzania --
Rwanda --
Mali and Senegal --
Millennium Villages --
Overall lessons --
Conclusions from recent experience --
4. Malawi: political, policy, livelihoods, and market background --
The context --
Politics and policies --
The livelihoods and markets context --
Agricultural policies --
The 2005/6 Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme --
Part II. Implementation and Impacts of the Malawi Programme. 5. FISP activities and achievements --
Programme design and evolution --
Input purchases and distribution --
Coupon distribution --
Coupon redemption --
Diversion and fraud --
Farmer support --
Programme fi nance and costs --
6. Direct impacts of input subsidies --
Methods of evaluating direct benefi ciary impacts --
Impacts on maize production --
Impact on food consumption --
Impacts on education and health --
Welfare impacts --
Impacts in life stories of beneficiary households --
7. conomy-wide effects of input subsidies --
Sources of evidence and analytical methods --
Macro-economic environment and role of input subsidies --
Maize exports and imports --
Impacts on maize prices and rural wages --
Other variables --
8. Impacts on input market development --
Roles of various players in input supply systems --
Overall input purchase and use --
Developments in the fertilizer markets --
Developments in the seed market --
Challenges and opportunities of private sector participation --
9. Benefi t-cost analysis, 2006/7 to 2010/11 --
Benefi t-cost analysis purposes and principles --
Benefi t-cost analysis methods --
Problems and challenges with benefi t-cost analysis (BCA) of the FISP --
Improving FISP benefi t-cost estimates --
Part III. Strategic issues. 10. Targeting and access to input subsidies --
Targeting at national, district, and benefi ciary levels --
Factors determining access to subsidies --
Gender and use of subsidized inputs --
Challenges of access for the most vulnerable groups --
Options for targeting --
11. Graduation --
Conceptualizing graduation --
Graduation pathways for the Malawi FarmInput Subsidy Programme --
Programme design and implementation to promote graduation --
12. Conclusions --
Subsidies' changing theory and practice --
The Malawi experience --
Targeting and graduation --
Sustainability.
Responsibility: Ephraim Chirwa and Andrew Dorward.
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