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Gender and Agricultural Productivity in Malawi (English)

Agriculture is critically important to both Malawi’s economy and to its social fabric. The majority of farming households practice subsistence agriculture, and their living standards are directly affected by the inconsistent agricultural performance that Malawi has seen over the last two decades. These impacts are especially acute for the poorest households. Poverty in Malawi is especially widespread among female-headed households, suggesting that investing in agricultural growth has benefits both for poverty reduction and for gender equality. Yet systematic gender differences persist in agricultural productivity across sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, the authors in this brief seek to quantify the mean gender gap as well as the relative contributions of key inputs and returns to these inputs.

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Kilic,Talip Palacios-Lopez,Amparo Goldstein,Markus P.

Gender and Agricultural Productivity in Malawi (English). LSMS Integrated Surveys on Agriculture Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/782601587123369818/Gender-and-Agricultural-Productivity-in-Malawi