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Title Starter packs : a strategy to fight hunger in developing countries? : lessons from the Malawi experience 1998-2003 / edited by Sarah Levy
Published Wallingford, UK ; Cambridge, MA : CABI Pub., [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 295 pages) : illustrations, map
Series CAB books
CAB books
Contents The origin and concept of the starter pack / Malcolm Blackie and Charles K. Mann -- The players and the policy issues / Harry Potter -- The logistics and costs of implementation / Charles Clark -- Pack distribution and the role of vouchers / Anthony Cullen and Max Lawson -- Design of the evaluation programme / Ian M. Wilson -- Experience and innovation : how the research methods evolved / Carlos Barahona -- Lessons on management of large-scale research programmes / Sarah Levy -- Production, prices and food security : how starter pack works / Sarah Levy -- The farmer's perspective : values, incentives and constraints / Jan Kees van Donge -- Do free inputs crowd out the private sector in agricultural input markets? / Clement Nyirongo -- Practical and policy dilemmas of targeting free inputs / Blessings Chinsinga -- Starter pack and sustainable agriculture / Carlos Barahona and Elizabeth Cromwell -- The challenges of agricultural extension / Chris Garforth -- Why free inputs failed in the winter season / Hiester Gondwe -- Financing and macro-economic impact : how does starter pack compare? / Sarah Levy -- Poverty, AIDS and food crisis / Anne C. Conroy -- Food security policies and starter pack : a challenge for donors? / Jane Harrigan -- Feeding Malawi from neighbouring countries / Martin J. Whiteside -- Starter pack in rural development strategies / Andrew Dorward and Jonathan Kydd
Summary This book is about the Starter Pack/Targeted Inputs Programme, which was implemented in Malawi from the 1998-99 agricultural season to the 2003/04 season. The original idea of Starter Pack was to give a bag of free agricultural inputs (fertilizer and seed) to every smallholder farmer in Malawi. Although the programme did not work as originally intended, it was successful in achieving national food security. The scaling down of the programme was a major contributor to the food crisis that hit Malawi (and other countries in southern Africa) at the beginning of 2002. The book (with accompanying CD) assesses the case of the Starter Pack programme in Malawi, and whether it can be replicated elsewhere. Part 1 (chapters 1-4) tells the story of how the programme was designed and implemented. Part 2 (chapters 5-7) outlines the evaluation methods used to produce the policy lessons presented in part 3 (chapters 8-15). Part 4 (chapters 16-19) comprises four essays by external academics and consultants, which assess the programme from different perspectives. The book has a subject index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Agricultural assistance -- Malawi.
Agricultural development projects -- Malawi.
Economic development projects -- Malawi.
Food relief -- Malawi.
Food supply -- Malawi -- International cooperation.
Form Electronic book
Author Levy, Sarah, 1964-
ISBN 1845930878 (NetLibrary e-ISBN)
9781845930875 (NetLibrary e-ISBN)