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Does Government Intervention Help or Hinder Agricultural Markets? Evidence from Malawi's Maize Market
Like many developing country governments, the government of Malawi has intervened in the country’s agricultural markets in an effort to ensure adequate food supplies at reasonable prices.
The maize market in particular has received significant government attention over the past decade on both the production side and the marketing side. However, according a new policy note from IFPRI’s Malawi Strategy Support Program (MSSP), these government interventions can actually do more harm than good if they are not properly designed or consistently implemented.