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GISAIA:Malawi

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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

  1. 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?
  2. 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.

Outreach and Policy Engagement Activities

Policy Briefs

Capacity Building Activities

  1. Three African Graduates students are being trained under GISAIA. Their research addresses different aspects of the research themes above.
    • One PhD student at Purdue University
    • Two Masters students at LUANAR
  2. STATA Short Course Training – 10 November 2014. The goal of this training is for MoFAS staff to understand how the impacts of Malawi’s input subsidy program are measured.

The GISAIA Malawi Team

  • Charles Jumbe, PhD: Associate Research Professor of Economics at LUANAR and PI on the GISAIA-Malawi project
  • Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, PhD: Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and PI on the GISAIA-Malawi project. jrickerg@purdue.edu
  • Francis Darko: PhD candidate in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University
  • Stevier Kaiyatsa: M.S. student in Ag Econ and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
  • Joseph Kanyamuka: M.S. student in Ag Econ and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)

Other Collaborators

  • Gerald Shively, PhD: Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University
  • Raymond Florax, PhD: Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University
  • Talip Killic, PhD: Research Economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank
  • Rodney Lunduka, PhD: Economist at CIMMYT