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

Joseph Ajefu, Uchenna Efobi, Ibukun Beecroft

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

55 Downloads (Pure)

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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironment and Development Economics
Early online date14 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jul 2020

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Coping with negative shocks and the role of the farm input subsidy programme in rural Malawi'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this