Policy for Equity in Malawian Agriculture 2002 – 2016

This Policy Brief summarises initial analysis of trends in agricultural intensification and district-level actors engagement with gender and generation within Ntchisi and Dedza districts, Malawi, via analysis of panel data from 2002 – 2013 and stakeholder workshops in December 2016.

AFRINT data from 2002 – 2013 show that women-headed households in Malawi have lower levels of education, less land, livestock, access to adult household labour and adult equivalence scores than their married counterparts. Furthermore, they hire less labour and are less mobile (as proxied by bicycle ownership). Nevertheless, despite fewer assets and less mobility, women-headed households have shared in maize productivity improvements from 2002-2013 and have matched married households maize performance in many ways.

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