Simtowe, F and Asfaw, S and Shiferaw, B and Siambi, M and Monyo, E and Muricho, G and Abate, T and Silim, S and Ganga Rao, N V P R and Madzonga, Oswin (2010) Socioeconomic Assessment of Pigeonpea and Groundnut Production Conditions – Farmer Technology Choice, Market Linkages, Institutions and Poverty in Rural Malawi. Research Report. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad India.
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We would particularly like to thank the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for financing the Treasure Legumes project, and for entrusting ICRISAT with this noble assignment of implementing the project, the outcome of which, among others, is a baseline report on the socioeconomic assessment of pigeonpea and groundnut production conditions, farmer technology choice, market linkages, institutions and poverty in rural Malawi. We would also like to acknowledge with thanks the technical support and guidance that was provided by the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development at Bunda College and the National Association for Smallholder Farmers (NASFAM) during the implementation of the baseline survey. We thank partners from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, for their continued support in implementing the project; the households that participated in the survey and the survey team members for the assistance they provided in collecting data and their cooperation throughout the survey. We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Dr Isaac Minde, Kizito Mazvimavi and Menale Kassie towards the review of this publication.
In Malawi, agriculture remains an important component of the economy; employing 85 percent of the labor force, accounting for about 39% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 83% of Malawi’s foreign exchange earnings (Chirwa 2007). The agricultural sector is subdivided into subsectors; estates and smallholder farmers. The latter accounts for 78% of the cultivated land and generates about 75% of Malawi’s total agricultural output, suggesting that Malawi’s agriculture is largely smallholder agriculture.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Research Report)|
|Agrotags:||<b>Agrotags</b> - farmers | markets | crops | groundnuts | varieties | land resources | productivity | income | legumes | farms <br><b>Fishtags</b> - drying <br><b>Geopoliticaltags</b> - malawi | maine | africa | india | kenya | andhra pradesh | southern africa | zimbabwe | ethiopia | principe|
|Subjects:||Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Mandate crops > Groundnut
|Depositing User:||Madhan Muthu|
|Date Deposited:||30 May 2011 06:38|
|Last Modified:||10 Jun 2011 09:12|
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