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Any opinions or viewpoints offered in the Policy Perspectives series are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of MwAPATA, its donors or its partners.

Agricultural Transformation in Ethiopia: Policy Lessons for Malawi

Khalid Bomba - Founding Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency

February 17, 2021

Most sub-Saharan African farmers still struggle to create wealth through farming and agrifood system development. Malawi has devoted considerable effort to promote agricultural transformation initiatives, but productivity growth in agriculture has remained low and most farming households continue to be food insecure and poor. Relying on experiences from leading

Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), this Perspective highlights several key lessons that could be useful in Malawi’s pursuit of growth and transformation.

Rethinking Agricultural Input Subsidy Programs and the Role of Agricultural Extension: Lessons for Future Programming

Daimon Kambewa - Associate Professor in the Department of Extension at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR, Bunda College of Agriculture)

October 5, 2020

As governments continue to support smallholder farmers with affordable farm inputs to improve agricultural productivity, there are growing concerns about the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the programs. In this perspective, I advocate for using agricultural extension

structures in the successful design, implementation, and monitoring of agricultural input support programs. I also advocate for the use of Integrated Soil Fertility Management practices for the efficiency and sustainability of the programs.

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