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Title:Markets, Peasants and Agrarian Change in Post-Independence Malawi
Author:Mkandawire, R. Mulomboji
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:agricultural policy
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:Since the attainment of independence in 1964 the main policy initiative of Malawi's government aimed at the 'peasant subsector' has been based on the introductior of 'new' technical, social and legal systems in peasar farming, in an attempt to modernize agriculture and increase productivity. This paper examines whether or not the peasants have responded to official demands to move towards increased market production, and whether or not, in the process, they have been the 'direct beneficiaries'. This is done by an examination of Admarc (the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation) which was established in 1969 and which is responsible for the purchase of all peasant commodities. Notes, ref.