The Monitoring African Food and Agriculture Policies (Mafap) project of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in collaboration with a national team of consultants, is currently studying market incentives and disincentives Malawian farmers face for a selected number of crops to help government find ways of motivating the farmer.
Mafap said in a statement on Saturday that the commodities that are being analysed include including maize, cassava, potato, tobacco and tea, which are important products for the Malawi economy.
"The analysis will result in technical notes, policy briefs and a Malawi country report later this year," said Mafap in the statement.
It said findings of the analysis will support government and its development partners in strengthening food and agricultural policies in order to ascertain that these policies are supportive of agricultural development.
The information generated by Mafap will also be an important input in country-level policy dialogue, said Mafap.
At country level, Mafap says it has established contacts with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development and with the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development at Bunda College for collaboration in the exercise.
For data collection and analysis, Mafap is supported by the Anarmac Consortium; a consultancy specialised in policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation.
"Collaboration with key development partners and stakeholders is currently being strengthened in order to raise awareness and strengthen ties between Mafap and food security related projects already ongoing, said Mafap in the statement.