"Maize is life": Malawi's delayed green revolution uri icon

abstract

  • The pattern of maize seed development in Malawi demonstrates the importance of farmers' capacity to articulate their interests through collective action and institutions. Despite the vital significance of maize as a wage good in Malawi, limited effective demand for maize seed research prolonged the period of technical stagnation. Analysis of the institutional factors shaping the demand for maize seed research complements previous work on Malawi's political economy, the supply of seed technology and adoption, with implications for current political changes in that nation, the importance of farmers' organizations, and state commitment to agricultural research in sub-Saharan Africa.

publication date

  • 1995
  • 1995