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Title:Persistent drought and food security, assessing the inputs programme of 1994/5 and lessons for the drought inputs recovery programme of 1995/6 (memorandum I) and developments in the liberalization of marketing maize & burley implications for food security (memorandum II)
Author:Peters, Pauline E.ISNI
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:food policy
Abstract:The two memoranda included in this paper focus on two sites in Malawi, viz. Zomba and Machinga. Memorandum 1 reports on the current food security of rural households in these areas and the effects of the 1994/1995 free inputs programme. It also discusses drought strategies employed by rural people and identifies lessons learned that should inform the 1995/1996 drought inputs recovery programme (DIRP) and could help refine options for increasing the overall income of the bottom fifty percent in ways that secure sustainable drought recovery and poverty alleviation. Memorandum 2 examines the implications for household food security of the liberalization of maize and burley marketing in Zomba and Machinga. Grain market liberalization was initiated in 1987 and the memorandum provides an update on the situation of maize trading and its effects on farmers as sellers and buyers of maize in this area. It also considers what effects the new tobacco buyers have had in their first year to buy burley tobacco in the research sites.