Rodney Lunduka

Rodney Lunduka
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | FAO · OEDD

PhD Developement and Resource

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February 2012 - December 2013
International Institute for Environment and Development
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Publications (47)
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We estimate the efficiency and equity returns to farmland rental markets in Malawi using a matched tenant‐landlord survey of smallholder farm households in four districts. Our sample allows us to more fully observe the landlord side of the rental market which is almost always missing in previous studies. Our results suggest that land rental markets...
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This report has assessed the agricultural cropping system in central and southern Malawi based on farm plot level data from more than 400 rural households and more than 4000 farm plot observations in six districts covering the years 2006, 2007 and 2009. In particular the study has attempted to identify effects of the Malawian input subsidy programm...
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We examine adoption of drought tolerant (DT) maize varieties using a four-round panel dataset from six districts in Malawi. There is an increase in adoption of DT maize from 3% in 2006 to 43% in 2015 in our data. We focus on the effect of past drought exposure on adoption and the likelihood of DT maize being distributed under the Farm Input Subsidy...
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We examine adoption of drought tolerant (DT) maize varieties using a four-round panel dataset from six districts in Malawi. There is an increase in adoption of DT maize from 3% in 2006 to 43% in 2015 in our data. We focus on the effect of past drought exposure on adoption and the likelihood of DT maize being distributed under the Farm Input Subsidy...
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Drought is a huge limiting factor in maize production, mainly in the rain-fed agriculture of sub-Saharan Africa. In response to this threat, drought-tolerant (DT) maize varieties have been developed with an aim to ensure maize production under mild drought conditions. We conducted a study to assess the impact of smallholder farmers' adoption of DT...
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Background Maize is the most important cereal and most widely cultivated staple that plays a key role in the food security of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Although some countries have achieved significant gains in maize productivity, the SSA average yields are far below what could be obtained with improved cultivars under good crop management. Low cul...
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Maize (Zea mays L.) is the most important staple food in eastern and southern Africa (ESA) with human maize consumption averaging 91 kg capita–1 yr–1. Current maize yield averages 1.2 t ha–1 and is barely sufficient for the region’s requirements due to drought and low N stresses. The objective of this study was to compare new drought tolerant (DT)...
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Maize is the most important staple food in eastern and southern Africa (ESA) with human maize consumption averaging 91 kg capita-1 year-1. Current maize yield averages 1.2 t ha-1 8 and is barely sufficient for the region’s requirements due to drought and low N stresses. The objective of this study was to compare new drought tolerant (DT) maize hybr...
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In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), “maize is life,” due to its importance to food security and economic wellbeing. Around 40 % of Africa’s maize-growing area faces occasional drought stress, resulting in yield losses of 10–25 %. Around 25 % of the maize crop suffers frequent drought, with losses of up to half the harvest. To reduce vulnerability and impr...
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This report presents insights from collaborative research on the inclusion of smallholder farmers in the oilseed value chain in Uganda. The results challenge some common precepts of value chain development (VCD). The influence of risk in farmers’ decision making, the dominant role of cash, the competition provided by independent traders, and the li...
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Policy summary The overall conclusion that can be drawn from the existing body of research is that the FISP has helped increase smallholder fertilizer use. It has also had a positive but modest direct impact on maize yields and overall smallholder maize production in Malawi. There is conflicting evidence as to whether rural poverty rates have risen...
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Policy summary Evidence suggests that FISP's decentralized targeting system is not much more effective than a random or universal distribution of coupons. The current system also suffers from high administrative costs. Part of the challenge is that it is not entirely clear who the FISP should target, as subsidized fertilizer and hybrid seed in its...
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Policy summary Benefit and cost estimates of the Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) indicate that the program often does not generate high enough returns to cover its costs. This has led to an ongoing debate regarding the effectiveness and sustainability of fertilizer subsidies in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In this brief we evaluate effectiveness of...
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Policy Summary Malawi has made the Farm Input subsidy Program (FISP) the major pillar of both the country's agricultural development strategy and its social protection policies since 2005/06. Expenditure on the FISP has been high, ranging from 5.6% of the national budget in 2005/06 to 16.2% of the national budget in 2008/09. The general findings on...
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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the human kind due to the great uncertainty regarding the future impacts on a planetary scale and regarding the extent that each region and ecosystem will be affected. Many publications deal with mitigation policies while not so much has been published on economics of adaptation to climate cha...
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This article provides a critical analysis of the current frontier of research evaluating Malawi's Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP), whose main objectives are increasing maize production, promoting household food security, and enhancing rural incomes. We focus on farm-level studies in Malawi, identifying consistent and contrasting research results...
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Is low input use by poor, smallholder farmers caused by time-inconsistent behavior or by limited ability to buy inputs? Are input subsidies the best solution to stimulate input demand or are there smarter solutions? These issues are investigated by combining survey data, stated preference questions , and randomized experiments in Malawi. The demand...
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Malawi has over the last 6 years embarked on a comprehensive targeted fertilizer and seed subsidy program to boost its agricultural production and to enhance household and national food security. The program aims to target coupons for purchase of subsidized fertilizers and seeds to poor rural households. This study provides evidence on the extent o...
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We assess the impacts of the Malawian Farm Input Subsidy Program on manure use at the farm plot level using more than 3,000 farm plot observations from six districts in central and southern Malawi over three years (2006, 2007, and 2009). The probabilities and intensities of manure use were investigated with the correlated random effects (CRE) probi...
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Policy implications Direct government support to extension services to train farmers about ISFM might be a viable option that compliments other policies such as fertilizer subsidy programmes. Some introductory dissemination of legume seeds with subsidized fertilizers, in combination with improved extension services to educate farmers on how to make...
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Community-based adaptation (CBA) has a growing group of interested supporters, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, donors and indeed local communities themselves who see it as a way to tackle some of the many challenges of a world altered by climate change. The sixth international CBA conference in 2012 was held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 16-22...
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The World Bank Malawi Office, Lilongwe. MALAWI ii | P a g e EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In Malawi rainwater harvesting is increasingly becoming important both for agriculture and domestic water use. This is due to increasing drought spells during the rainy season which cause poor agricultural yields leading to negative impact on the country's economy. A wide...
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Malawi has over the last 6 years embarked on a comprehensive targeted fertilizer and seed subsidy program to boost its agricultural production and to enhance household and national food security. The program aims to target coupons for purchase of subsidized fertilizers and seeds to poor rural households. This study provides evidence on the extent o...
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The presence of a high ground water table and year round vegetation makes dambos an important resource for sustenance of people’s livelihoods and livestock. However, environments consider them as fragile ecosystem which should not be put to agricultural use that is often seen as responsible for the degradation of dambo ecosystems. However, there is...
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The study investigated the proposal by Duflo et al. (2009) that rural households may be stochastically present-biased and face small fixed costs in input markets, causing them to under-invest in inputs. Supply of inputs at harvest time may then lead to higher investments than when inputs are supplied at planting time. Investment in inputs at harves...
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The study investigated the demand for fertilizer among rural farm households in Malawi that have been exposed to high fertilizer subsidy levels. Subsidies and cash constraints may limit their demand but their cash constraint may be less severe at harvest time than at planting time when they normally get their inputs. Three different experiments wer...
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Pachikamwini, siadzala nthochi' -At the uxorilocal residence, no bananas are planted. Abstract It is widely accepted that secure tenure on land induces investment. However, research in sub-Saharan African has also found high levels of investment by insecure tenure households. This study investigates under what circumstances insecure households have...

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Assess the importance of land markets in Africa Assess the impacts of land markets on land use efficiency and poverty Assess determinants of contract choice in land rental markets and implications for land use efficiency and welfare outcomes