One direct way in which agricultural input subsidies can provide social protection to the poor is by targeting the poor with very high subsidies to ensure that they are able to access inputs. Although the Malawi Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme (MAISP) generally targets resource-poor households, the targeting guidelines also accord special consideration to vulnerable groups such as child-headed, female-headed or orphan-headed households and households affected by HIV and AIDS. This Policy Brief considers how the Malawi Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme has contributed to providing social protection to these poor and vulnerable households.
Chirwa, E.W.; Matta, M.; Dorward, A. Policy Brief No. 60. Factors Influencing Access to Agricultural Input SubsidyCoupons in Malawi. Future Agricultures Consortium, Brighton, UK (2013) 7 pp.