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Mountains of Maize, Persistent Poverty

Thomas Jayne (), Nicole Mason, William Burke (), Arthur M. Shipekesa, Antony Chapoto () and Chance Kabaghe

No 118476, Food Security Collaborative Policy Briefs from Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Abstract: The past two years are a tribute to Zambian farmers; they have responded admirably to government efforts to promote maize production. But ironically, rural poverty remains stubbornly high despite the fact that the government has spent over 2% of the nation’s gross domestic product in supporting maize production and subsidizing inputs for farmers. Why is it that maize production has increased so impressively without making a serious dent in rural poverty? And what are the lessons for the new government?

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Food Security and Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 5
Date: 2011-11
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.118476

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