Improving gender equity in Malawi’s input subsidies
Despite making up more than 70% of the agricultural labour force and being central to putting food on the table, women in Malawi remain marginalised from income-generating activities. In 2005 the government introduced farm input subsidies to increase smallholder productivity and improve food security. A team of local researchers found that the subsidies do increase the incomes of farming households but women within those households lose decision-making power to the men. Improving subsidy targeting to those who cultivate the land could help address gender inequalities.
Find out more in the PEP policy brief 234.