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Gender segmented markets and production systems in Malawi

Anderson, Gondwe (2018). Gender segmented markets and production systems in Malawi. Uppsala: Predecessors to SLU > Alnarps laboratorium, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. AgriFoSe2030 Report ; 8

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The purpose of this study was to conduct a literature review on gender segmented markets and production systems in Malawi. The underlying argument from the review is that the gender disparities in the agricultural sector make it very difficult for the sector to realise its potential to the fullest. While gender inequalities exist in almost all sectors of the economy, the main form of gender gaps in agriculture relate to access to and control of land, access to credit, access to agricultural implements, including machinery and individual characteristics such as age, experience and education, among others. The review also shows that most of socio-economic challenges and gender imbalances being experienced in Malawi are not necessarily due to lack of relevant policy instruments but rather weak enforcement efforts and inconsistent implementation of policies. Furthermore, the challenges exist in both the production of commodities in the farm and supply of agricultural produce in output markets. With respect to output markets, the key challenges are poor access to infrastructure, limited access to structured commodity markets and inefficiencies introduced by Government interventions in agricultural markets. It is against this finding that we provide three key recommendations as the basis for charting the way forward, namely enforcement of the land reform law, improving access to credit, expansion of extension services and training to ensure adequate access to information and market opportunities.

Authors/Creators:Anderson, Gondwe
Title:Gender segmented markets and production systems in Malawi
Series Name/Journal:AgriFoSe2030 Report
Year of publishing :2018
Number of Pages:27
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:SLU Global, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-9577-2
Publication Type:Report
Article category:Other scientific
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Gender Studies
Keywords:production systems, Malawi
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Alternative URL:https://www.slu.se/globalassets/ew/org/andra-enh/uadm/global/agrifose/outputs/reports/agrifose2030-report8-2018.pdf
ID Code:16576
Faculty:G - Common Units
Department:Predecessors to SLU > Alnarps laboratorium
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Deposited On:23 Jan 2020 14:18
Metadata Last Modified:23 Jan 2020 14:18

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