Modelling the Economy-Wide Impact of Technological Innovation and Mapping Agricultural Potential: The Case of Malawi

41 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2019

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Naomi Mathenge

Commission on Revenue Allocation

Fousseini Traore

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Ismael Fofana

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: December 4, 2019

Abstract

This discussion paper analyzes the economy-wide impact of a series of agricultural innovations in Malawi. Using an agricultural focused computable general equilibrium model disaggregated to reflect Malawi agro-ecological zones, we simulate three scenarios: one involving smallholders catching up to the production frontier, and two scenarios of agronomic innovations consisting in changes in level and application rate of nitrogen. Our results show a positive impact on the economy following an increase in maize yield and production efficiency under the different scenarios.

Keywords: agricultural innovation, productivity growth, CGE modeling

JEL Classification: C68, Q16, Q18

Suggested Citation

Mathenge, Naomi and Traore, Fousseini and Fofana, Ismael, Modelling the Economy-Wide Impact of Technological Innovation and Mapping Agricultural Potential: The Case of Malawi (December 4, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3498192 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3498192

Naomi Mathenge (Contact Author)

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Fousseini Traore

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United States

Ismael Fofana

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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