Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Harri, Ardian

Committee Member

Coatney, Kalyn T.

Committee Member

Tack, Jesse B.

Committee Member

Barnett, Barry J.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Agricultural Economics

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Agricultural Economics


The study revealed that the subsidy programs implemented in Malawi over the years have exposed many farmers to the advantages of using improved farm inputs. Almost 86 percent of the participants had a chance to grow hybrids in their farming career and out of that number 89 percent continues to grow them on a yearly basis and 76 percent indicated that hybrids have turned out to be their preferred variety. It has also revealed that complete removal of subsidy will result in the demand for inputs from subsidy eligible farmers to be removed from the market. This is based on the fact that only 5 percent of the participants were willing to pay for the improved input packages at market prevailing price.