Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Davis, Will

Committee Member

Petrolia, Daniel R.

Committee Member

Canales, Dominga "Elizabeth"

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Agricultural Economics

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Agricultural Economics


My study examined the influence of agricultural extension advice on household food consumption and food security outcomes in Malawi. I utilized a pooled cross-sectional dataset from the Malawi Integrated Household Survey (IHS) and Integrated Household Panel Survey (IHPS) conducted in 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. To identify the effects, multivariate linear and logistic regression models were employed, considering various factors and incorporating fixed effects for survey wave, district, and data collection month. My findings revealed heterogeneity in the impacts of agricultural extension advice on food consumption and food security outcomes. Specifically, the results showed a positive correlation between agricultural extension advice and food consumption, but a negative association with household food security. These outcomes imply that while the adoption of agricultural extension advice improves household food consumption, it does not completely address the underlying threats to food security faced by maize producing-households in Malawi.