The Quality of Agriculture and Food Security Policy Processes at National Level in Malawi Results from the 2017/18 Malawi Agriculture and Food Security Policy Processes Endline Survey

November 2, 2018 - Author: , , Flora Nankhuni, and

Todd Benson, Zephania Nyirenda, Flora Nankhuni, and Mywish Maredia, 2018. The Quality of Agriculture and Food Security Policy Processes at National Level in Malawi. Results from the 2017/18 Malawi Agriculture and Food Security Policy Processes Endline Survey, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 73. East Lansing: Michigan State University

KEY FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

  • A survey of 55 participants in national-level policy processes around agriculture and food security in Malawi was implemented in 2015 (baseline) and in 2017/18 (endline) to examine the quality of these processes and the institutions involved.
  • The 2015 baseline survey analysis showed that assessments of the quality of these processes were positive, even if improvements were still needed.
  • However, contrary to expectations, the endline survey of 2017/18 showed increased pessimism among respondents as to the quality of the processes and the institutions involved in them.
  • This result was unexpected, as policy developments around agriculture and food security between 2015 and 2017/18 were positive—several important agricultural policy achievements had been realized.
  • However, Malawi also experienced recurrent widespread food insecurity crises over this period.
  • Consequently, there is a disconnect between the reasonably high quality of the policies and strategies developed through these processes and the results obtained. Respondents to the endline survey were more skeptical than anticipated of the quality of these policy processes.
  • Better quality policy processes are not sufficient for achieving better outcomes in Malawi’s agricultural sector and food security for Malawi’s citizens.
  • Effective implementation of the policies developed through these processes is the most important proof of their quality and value. Policy implementation remains inadequate and a continuing challenge.

Tags: c3, fsg policy brief, fsp policy brief, ifpri, malawi, policy research and capacity building


Related Topic Areas

Malawi


Authors

Todd Benson

Todd Benson
T.Benson@cgiar.org

Zephania Nyirenda

Zephania Nyirenda
Z.Nyirenda@cgiar.org

Flora Janet Nankhuni

Flora Janet Nankhuni
nankhuni@msu.edu

Mywish Maredia

Mywish Maredia
517-353-6602
maredia@msu.edu


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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy
Food Security Group

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