This paper will concentrate on the progress of the research in Malawi, specifically in relation to grass roots representations about issues of food security. A number of important research reports have been written about the causes and effects of famine in Malawi during the period covered by this paper (2000-2002), that have largely debated issues of National and International Government and Donor responses. By contrast this paper is concerned with micro-macro level representation and response.
Participation - A Promise unfulfilled? Building Alliancebetween people and government: Action Research forParticipatory Representation presented at Staying Poor: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 7-9 April 2003. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, 37 pp.