Southern Africa Pre-harvest Value Chain Analysis

Productivity and Profitability Growth in Peanut Production: A Farm Level Analysis in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia

Survey considers gender roles among peanut farmers in Mozambique
10 years later, farmers still reap benefits of improved groundnut varieties
Q&A with Dr. Boris Bravo-Ureta: Southern Africa Pre-harvest Value Chain Analysis

By collecting data about the economic impacts different production practices have on farmers in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, the project boosts productivity and increases food safety, food security, and farm income in the partner countries. The work is done in close collaboration with the Southern Africa Value Chain and Integrated Breeding Projects.

Peanut farms in Southern Africa don’t make much money, in part because of low yields. By analyzing the farm-level costs and benefits of different treatments designed to reduce aflatoxin, the project can increase peanut quality and prices received by farmers.

Researchers also are analyzing data from the World Bank Living Standard Measurement Studies-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) and variety data generated by the Integrated Breeding Project to evaluate how the farm benefits from improved seed varieties, particularly in Uganda and Malawi.

Lead Scientist

Dr. Boris Bravo-Ureta, Professor

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Research Collaborators

Chitedze Agriculture Research Service

  • Dr. Justus Chintu

Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources - Bunda Campus

  • Dr. Trust Donga
  • Dr. Joseph Dzanja
  • Dr. Wellam Kamthunzi
  • Dr. Agnes Mwangwela

Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research

  • Dr. Amade Muitia

University of Georgia

  • Dr. Wojciech Florkowski

University of Zambia

  • Dr. Alice Mweetwa
  • Dr. John Shindano

Partner Institution

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Research Locations

Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia


December 12, 2014 - July 31, 2017

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Annual Report 2015

Research Proposal