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A definitive book on a pioneering agricultural input subsidy programme in Africa. It provides a detailed, comprehensive, and objective analysis of Malawi's agricultural input subsidy programme, its history, implementation, achievements, and shortcomings.
Ephraim Chirwa is Professor of Economics at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He graduated from the University of Malawi in 1989. He holds an MPhil in Economics awarded by the University of Cambridge in 1991. In 1993, he joined the Department of Economics at Chancellor College, University of Malawi as lecturer in economics. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of East Anglia in 2000. Over the last 20 years he has undertaken research on various aspects of the Malawian economy, particularly on agricultural reforms, farming systems, and smallholder farmer organisations. He has collaborated with Andrew Dorward on a number of research projects including the ongoing evaluations of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi since 2006. Andrew Dorward is Professor of Development Economics at SOAS, University of London, where he led the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy from 2005 to 2011. After reading Agriculture and Forest Sciences at Oxford he worked in an agricultural development programme for the Malawi Government, initially as an Overseas Development Fellow, before completing a PhD at the University of Reading on smallholder farming in northern Malawi. He then worked in agricultural development and in development management training in Ethiopia and Swaziland before returning to lecture and undertake research at Wye College, University of London. Over the last 20 years he has researched and written widely on smallholder agricultural development, with a primarily African focus, although he has also worked in Latin America and Asia. From 2006 he and Ephraim Chirwa have led ongoing evaluations of the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Programme for the Malawi and British Governments.