Agricultural growth and investment options for poverty reduction in Malawi

Jeffrey J. Reimer, Monica Fisher
massp policy note
2009

Agriculture employs three-quarters of the population of Malawi. It makes up more than forty percent of the economy and sixty percent of all exports. Yet productivity in agriculture—measured as the amount of output for a given amount of inputs—is considerably lower than it could be, given Malawi’s agricultural resources. Efforts to expand the economy and reduce poverty must involve agriculture. Where should the Government of Malawi invest?