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Title:Food security as a political issue: the 2009 elections in Malawi
Authors:Mpesi, Andrew MabvutoISNI
Muriaas, Ragnhild L.
Year:2012
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 0258-9001)
Volume:30
Issue:3
Pages:377-393
Language:English
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:food policy
elections
2009
voting
famine
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589001.2012.689624
Abstract:African electorates are expected to use non-evaluative rationales, like patronage and ethnicity, when casting their vote. In famine-struck countries like Malawi it is however worthwhile to investigate how a salient political issue like food security influences voters' decisions. At the turn of the millennium Malawi went through a series of famines. In 2005 the government changed its famine prevention strategy and started to subsidize fertilizers. The fertilizer programme was a political success and is used to explain the outcome of the 2009 elections. Although this explanation seems plausible, such analyses should be grounded in thorough analyses of the origin and implementation of the food policy. Through archival studies and fieldwork, this study reveals the importance of the opposition in changing the food policy and the politics of the implementation process. Hence, even if food security increased ahead of the 2009 elections, the election cannot be interpreted as a 'national referendum' on the incumbent's fertilizer programme. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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