Southern Africa Pre-harvest Value Chain Analysis
Productivity and Profitability Growth in Peanut Production: A Farm Level Analysis in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
By collecting data about the economic impacts different practices have on farms in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, this work will boost productivity and increase food safety, food security, and farm income in the partner countries. The work is done in close collaboration with the Southern Africa Value Chain and Integrated Breeding Projects.
Peanut farms in Southern Africa don’t make much money, in part because of low yields. By analyzing the farm-level costs and benefits of different treatments designed to reduce aflatoxin, the project can increase peanut quality and prices received by farmers.
Researchers also are analyzing data from the World Bank Living Standard Measurement Studies-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) and variety data generated by the Integrated Breeding Project to evaluate the farm benefits of improved seed varieties, particularly in Uganda and Malawi.
In a third area of work, the project will undertake human-capacity building through workshops in various topics including production economics, farm management principles and/or impact evaluation techniques.
Dr. Boris Bravo-Ureta, Professor
Chitedze Agriculture Research Service
- Dr. Justus Chintu
Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources - Bunda Campus
- Dr. Trust Donga
- Dr. Joseph Dzanja
- Dr. Wellam Kamthunzi
- Dr. Agnes Mwangwela
Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research
- Dr. Amade Muitia
University of Georgia
- Dr. Wojciech Florkowski
University of Zambia
- Dr. Alice Mweetwa
- Dr. John Shindano