The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has today released the full version of its research report “Running to stand still: Small-scale farmers and the Green Revolution in Malawi”.
The summary report, released in October 2014, painted a picture of dependency by Malawian small-scale farmers on costly Green Revolution inputs, particularly synthetic fertiliser, resulting in net transfers of wealth away from farming households to agribusinesses such as SeedCo, Pannar (recently merged with Pioneer Hi-Bred), Monsanto and Yara.
The full report contains more detailed information on each of the themes covered in the summary report:
Farmer perceptions of agricultural challenges; Nutrition and food security; Land access and cultivation practices; Production and yields; The role of tobacco cultivation; Seed access and practices; Agricultural practices and soil fertility; The Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP); Market access; and Conclusions and recommendations.
In addition, the full version provides:
- More in depth context on the political economy of agriculture in Malawi and the Green Revolution push in Africa generally;
- More details of the research methodologies used and some analysis of their various strengths and weaknesses;
- Detailed results of the soil testing carried out by the Chitedze research station;
- Detailed appendices listing AGRA’s seed and soil health grants in Malawi from 2007-2015.
We look forward to your feedback.
Stephen Greenberg and Gareth Jones, ACB research team.