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Impact and Challenges of the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 12:00 - 14:00


Luncheon Discussion on: Impact and Challenges of the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program

Mr. Idrissa M. Mwale
National Coordinator, Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program
Dr. Derek Byerlee
Lead Author, 2008 World Development Report and Member, Science Council
Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
499 S. Capitol Street, S.W. Ste# 500B
Washington, D.C. 20003
Idrissa M. Mwale is Principal Economist in the Planning Department of the Ministry of Agriculture & Food Security in Malawi, and the current National Coordinator of the Farm Input Subsidy Program. Since 2004, his work has focused on food security. He is currently responsible for agricultural production and food security assessments as well as various surveys, including monitoring of the food situation in the country. The Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program is credited with improving maize production, food security, and exports to neighboring countries in the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons amidst concerns about program cost and sustainability. Mr. Mwale and his team have the responsibility for planning, identifying genuine beneficiaries and efficient targeting, monitoring and evaluation of the program. He has a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from Imperial College, London.

Presentation: Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Presentation