The Goal of GISAIA Malawi is to provide accurate information that enables policy makers to enact evidence based decisions that improve the lives of smallholder famers. The activities in GISAIA Malawi focus around the following main themes:
Research Themes, and Related Questions
Efforts to raise the efficiency and profitability of modern input use (in organic fertilizer and hybrid seeds) by farmers.
Where and why is it profitable for farmers to use fertilizer in Malawi? What factors at the household and community level affect the profitability of these inputs?
What complimentary management practices can improve maize to fertilizer response rates and make input use more profitable?
Strategies to improve the effectiveness of input subsidy programs
Whom should input subsidies target in order to maximize the program’s benefits? How can improved targeting of input subsidies be achieved?
Are there any dynamic benefits for recipient households who acquire subsidized inputs over multiple years?
Has Malawi’s input subsidy program contributed to reducing household poverty in the country?
How have input subsidies in Malawi affected the commercial input market?
The work under GISAIA is being conducted in a Collaborative effort between Lilongwe University of Agriculture and National Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi’s Center for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD), and Purdue University in the United States.
LUANAR and IFPRI jointly organized a symposium where researchers, and policy makers discussed and debated the research findings related to the impacts of the FISP in Malawi. The event was held on July 14-15th at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe. The theme of the symposium was “Eight Years of FISP - Impact and What Next?”
PI’s for GISAIA Malawi, Dr. Jumbe helped organize the symposium. He and the other PI, Dr. Ricker-Gilbert presented in multiple sessions of the symposium.
Inception Workshop: The GISAIA Malawi inception workshop took place at the Sunbird Capital Hotel on 19th September 2013 under the theme: “making input subsidies more profitable and sustainable for smallholder farmers”
The purpose of this workshop was to present this Project and associated proposals to various stakeholders from relevant government ministries and departments, civil society, the private sector as well as the academia
The workshop was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security. The workshop draw together 48 key stakeholders in Agriculture sector including government Ministries and Departments; Development Partners (i.e. the World Bank, the private sector representatives, the academia, Research collaborators from Purdue University, members of press among others).