From Famines to Food Surplus: The Malawi Experience Arindam Banerjee

The recent turnaround in Malawi, a small nation in Southern Africa, from being a food deficit country to one producing surplus food grains is one of the most dramatic incidents in the history of the battle against hunger by the African nations. A well-contemplated fertilizer subsidy policy has ensured that the country, till recently heavily dependent on the United Nations World Food Programme for feeding its population, has supplied as much as 400,000 tons of maize to the World Food Programme in 2007 for fighting an emergency food scenario in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

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