True Contribution of Agriculture to Economic Development and Poverty Reduction in Malawi: Who Needs to Know What?

"The contribution of agriculture to economic development is enormous, as evidenced by the favourable direct and indirect impacts of agricultural growth and investment on Malawi’s economy, in terms of national income, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates and other macro economic variables. Following the Maputo declaration, expenditure on agriculture increased, entailing recognition by key decision makers of the true contribution of agriculture. However, more emphasis needs to be put on agriculture as a lead sector for growth and poverty reduction by both the public policy framework and civil society advocacy agenda."