The Unintended Effects of Food Security Policies: Managing Maize Markets in Malawi

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The International Food Policy Research Institute-Malawi Strategy Support Program has released a policy note on food security and maize markets in Malawi. Although the note discusses the specific case of Malawi, I believe it has implications for all developing countries where food price volatility and its resultant impacts on food security is a policy issue. Here is the policy note’s short abstract Continue reading The Unintended Effects of Food Security Policies: Managing Maize Markets in Malawi

A Critical look at Agricultural Technology Adoption: Definitional Issues

Traditionally, most agriculturists conducting agricultural technology adoption research use a very “loose definition” for a technology “adopter”. Generally, they define a technology adopter as anyone who reports that he is practicing a technology of the researchers’ interest at any level or scale. There are many problems that arise from defining a technology adopter this loosely; however in this article I will only highlight one. Continue reading A Critical look at Agricultural Technology Adoption: Definitional Issues