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Agricultural Input SubsidiesThe Recent Malawi Experience$

Ephraim Chirwa and Andrew Dorward

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199683529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683529.001.0001

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(p.85) Part II Implementation and Impacts of the Malawi Programme

(p.85) Part II Implementation and Impacts of the Malawi Programme

Agricultural Input Subsidies
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In this part of the book we describe the major features of the design and implementation of the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy from 2005/6 to 2011/12 (in Chapter 5) and then examine evidence for various potential impacts of the programme. Examination of these impacts and their links to prior programme design and implementation is guided by the conceptual framework set out in Figure 2.2 in Chapter 2, by the issues raised in examination of recent subsidy programme experience discussed in Chapter 3, by key political, economic, and agricultural features of Malawi discussed in Chapter 4, and by the possible impacts of a large scale agricultural inputs subsidy on different households’ livelihoods within the rural economy as set out in Figure 4.2. Figure II.1 draws these strands together and restructures Figures 2.2 and 4.2 to show the causal pathway that is traced from examination of input subsidy distribution, receipts, and costs (in Chapter 5 on implementation) through to various direct and then indirect impacts (in Chapters 6 and 7), alongside and interacting with input market impacts (in Chapter 8). Chapter 9 provides an overarching consideration of the overall benefits and costs of the programme: we do not attempt to show its links across programme costs and welfare and growth impacts in the figure. (p.86)

Part II Implementation and Impacts of the Malawi Programme

Figure II.1. Processes and influences linking and affecting inputs, implementation, and impacts