All eggs in one basket: a critical reflection on Malawi's development strategies

Dropplemann, K, Makuwira, J and Kumwenda, I 2012, 'All eggs in one basket: a critical reflection on Malawi's development strategies', Journal of African Development, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 81-106.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title All eggs in one basket: a critical reflection on Malawi's development strategies
Author(s) Dropplemann, K
Makuwira, J
Kumwenda, I
Year 2012
Journal name Journal of African Development
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 81
End page 106
Total pages 26
Publisher African Finance and Economic Association
Abstract This paper analyzes structural transformation in Malawi, a poor landlocked country with very high dependence on agriculture. For many decades, Malawi's development strategies were dominated by the development of the estate sector. In more recent years the focus has rightly shifted to facilitate productivity growth for the dominant smallholder population. Yet despite positive developments on that front, the economy remains precariously dependent on the predominantly rainfed production of just two major crops (maize and tobacco). Urban areas, including small rural towns, remain small and underdeveloped, and transport costs are extremely high. This suggests an urgent need for policymakers to plan for greater economic diversification, including the development of higher value agricultural commodities and agro-processing.
Subject Sustainable Agricultural Development
Keyword(s) Malawi
transformation
development
rural
urban
migration
Copyright notice © 2012 African Finance and Economic Association
ISSN 1060-6076
Versions
Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 253 Abstract Views  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Mon, 13 May 2013, 12:50:00 EST by Catalyst Administrator
© 2014 RMIT Research Repository • Powered by Fez SoftwareContact us