Barriers to economic growth in Malawi: reflections on smallholders

E. Kambewa, J. Nagoli

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The contribution of smallholders to the economic growth in developing countries and Malawi in particular may be a well know fact. Malawi's economy is agro-based where the agriculture sector contributes 42% of national GDP. Despite the smallholder agriculture's contribution to the economy (30% of GDP), their everyday challenges have tended to be obscured by problems at the macro level and, thus they are often not well understood and documented. This chapter reflects on the everyday production, marketing and socioeconomic challenges facing smallholders. The paper concludes that whereas Malawi's prospects for economic growth will continue to be driven by the agriculture sector, sustained growth will depend on whether smallholders can overcome their barriers
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarkets, marketing and developing countries : Where we stand and where we are heading
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN (Print)9789086861453
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Agricultural production
  • Malawi
  • Marketing
  • Production constraints
  • Smallholders
  • Socioeconomic challenges


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