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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 4-09
Economic Liberalization and Rural Livelihoods in Malawi


The purpose of this study is to analyze the rural livelihoods of smallholder households in tobacco-growing villages in various parts of Malawi. After the liberalization of the production of burley tobacco in the early 1990s, the number of smallholder tobacco growers increased dramatically. It is estimated that more than 300,000 smallholders are currently producing burley tobacco. The share of smallholder production in total tobacco production increased from 23% in 1992-96 to 66% in 2000-04. In the introduction of smallholder burley production, policymakers and donors have seen a key opportunity for structural transformation in extremely poor rural areas. This study examines whether this transformation has occurred. It analyzes the role of tobacco production in the overall livelihood strategies adopted by smallholder households in rural Malawi.


April 2006 - March 2007


TAKANE Tsutomu (Area Studies Center)

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TAKANE Tsutomu (Area Studies Center)