The Mitigating Impact of Land Tenure Security on Drought-Induced Food Insecurity: Evidence from Rural Malawi

Ajefu, Joseph and Abiona, Olukorede (2020) The Mitigating Impact of Land Tenure Security on Drought-Induced Food Insecurity: Evidence from Rural Malawi. The Journal of Development Studies. pp. 1-25. ISSN 0022-0388 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores household variation in land tenure security and drought shocks across villages to investigate the extent to which land tenure systems matter in households’ capacity to cope with adverse impacts of weather shocks for agricultural dependent households in rural Malawi. Our findings reveal that land tenure security cushions the effects of drought regimes on food security. Further, we establish access to credit facilities for farm investment purposes as the underlying channel that mediates the impact of drought shocks on food insecurity. The results of this study reinforce the growing consensus that property rights through land tenure security are associated with improved agricultural productivity and consequently household food security.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food security, Rainfall shocks, Land tenure security, Agricultural productivity
Subjects: D400 Agriculture
L100 Economics
N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 11:32
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2020 11:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43931

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