Estimating impact of cassava research for development approach on productivity, uptake and food security in Malawi
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Rusike, J., Mahungu, N.M., Jumbo, S., Sandifolo, V.S. & Malindi, G. (2010). Estimating impact of cassava research for development approach on productivity, uptake and food security in Malawi. Food Policy, 35(2), 98-111.
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Cassava in Malawi is the second most important staple food crop after maize. This paper assesses the impact of agricultural research for development approach in Malawi on cassava yields, per capita area planted to cassava and household calorie intake from cassava and maize. Given the growing interest over the past decade in agricultural research for development as an innovation systems approach for improving the delivery of research-derived benefits to smallholder farmers and having impact in Africa, this paper provides empirical evidence as to the effects of this framework. The paper concludes that Malawi’s cassava research for development has contributed to measurable gains in area planted to cassava, cassava yields and household caloric intake.
Published online: 24 Nov. 2009.
Investors/sponsorsInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture; United States Agency for International Development
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