Coping with negative shocks and the role of the farm input subsidy programme in rural Malawi

Ajefu, Joseph, Efobi, Uchenna and Beecroft, Ibukun (2020) Coping with negative shocks and the role of the farm input subsidy programme in rural Malawi. Environment and Development Economics. pp. 1-21. ISSN 1355-770X (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355770X20000285

Abstract

This study uses household panel data from Malawi's 2010/11 and 2012/13 Integrated Household Panel Survey to investigate the mitigating role of its Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) against the deleterious impacts of negative rainfall shock on households’ welfare in rural Malawi. The study finds that the FISP has a cushioning role on the negative impact of rainfall shocks. The use of a farm input subsidy scheme enables rural households to substantially increase their food consumption and overall food security, despite the increasing threat of climate change. The results of this study highlight the importance of agricultural policy, such as the FISP, in rural households’ mitigation of weather risk.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agricultural productivity; farm input subsidy; food security; land tenure; Malawi; rainfall
Subjects: D400 Agriculture
L100 Economics
L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
N100 Business studies
N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 10:49
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 11:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43941

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