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Title:Socio-economic causes of food insecurity in Malawi
Authors:Hajdu, FloraISNI
Ansell, NicolaISNI
Robson, ElsbethISNI
Van Blerk, LorraineISNI
Chipeta, LucyISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Volume:62
Issue:2
Pages:6-18
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:food security
social conditions
government policy
Economics, Commerce
Food supply--Government policy
Malawi--Economic conditions
Malawi--Social conditions
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29779290
Abstract:Food shortages in Malawi have been a recurring phenomenon, though this does not mean that the reasons for food insecurity have remained constant. The authors explore various reasons for food insecurity and show that these reasons are often linked to political interventions and changing socioeconomic conditions. In Malawi's case, many such interventions are linked to outside influences, international financial institutions and donor conditionalities, which is a problematic context for national policy formulation. Furthermore, rural livelihoods tend to be conceptualized as less diverse than they actually are, which has led to mistargeted interventions. The current AIDS pandemic is a recent and major socioeconomic condition, likely to have a major impact on food security. More research on this topic is needed, and policies geared at improving rural resilience to famines need to move away from a narrow focus on agricultural production and address the issue of AIDS and its close connection with livelihoods and food insecurity, if future famines are to be averted. Bibliogr., note. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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