Fertiliser subsidies and social cash transfers as complementary or competing instruments for reducing vulnerability to hunger:The case of Malawi

Ellis, F. and Maliro, D. (2013) Fertiliser subsidies and social cash transfers as complementary or competing instruments for reducing vulnerability to hunger:The case of Malawi. Development Policy Review, 31 (5). pp. 575-596. ISSN 0950-6764

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Abstract

Fertiliser subsidies and social transfers are complementary instruments for reducing vulnerability to hunger in poor agrarian countries. The former act on production and aim to reduce food insecurity through yield growth, while the latter tackle food-entitlement failures directly, by providing either food itself or the cash to purchase food to selected beneficiaries. The policies compete for scarce public resources, and each represents an 'opportunity cost' compared to the other. Using Malawi to illustrate these comparisons, this article shows that a mix of policies can be affordable, allowing for strategic choice over the portfolio most likely to achieve a reliable consumption floor for the most vulnerable rural people.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 13:42
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:04
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43941
DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12026

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