The seed sector in Malawi
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CTA. 1994. The seed sector in Malawi. Spore 49. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The perfomance of the seed sector in Malawi: an analysis of the influence of organisational structure by Elizabeth Cromwell and Batson Zambezi ISBN 0 85003 201 6 price UKL11.95
The critical task facing the agricultural sector in Malawi is the intensification of production, in order to keep pace with population growth and to maintain export income. Over half the nation's farmers have less than half a hectare of land to cultivate, so the Malawi Government has promoted the use of certified seed of improved, high yielding varieties as a means of increasing yields on these small plots. During the 1980s uptake of this improved seed was limited but now there are many structural changes taking place in the agricultural sectors as a whole, and in the seed sector in particular. Are these changes likely to favour the use of improved seed? Will seed supply be able to keep pace with demand? What are the implications of Malawi's experience for other countries in the Eastern and Southern African region contemplating reform of their seed sectors? In this ODI Research Study the authors present the results of the first ever study of the seed sector in Malawi and seek to answer these and other questions. They assess the sector's performance with respect to a range of national development functions, including appropriateness of seed varieties supplied, quantities and quality supplied, accessibility of improved seed and cost to farmers. In addition they assess the operational efficiency of the major seed sector institutions. Detailed profiles are presented of how farm families make their seed sourcing decisions and of the range of factors which influence these decisions. The perfomance of the seed sector in Malawi: an analysis of the influence of organisational structure by Elizabeth Cromwell and Batson Zambezi ISBN 0 85003 201 6 price UKL11.95