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Maize remittances, smallholder livelihoods and maize consumption in Malawi

Publiceringsår: 2011
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 1-25
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Modern African Studies
Volym: 49
Nummer: 1
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Cambridge University Press


This article explores the phenomenon of in-kind remittances of maize and its implications for rural household livelihoods and food consumption. Interviews with a sample of 391 households in eight villages in Malawi are used to substantiate the discussion. Explanations for in-kind remittances are sought in the micro-level interaction between the formal market realm, informalised exchange systems and the household. Remittances are not connected to lower commercialisation levels, suggesting that the explanation for remittances should be sought in the production and consumption patterns of the households. Remittances function as an important redistributive mechanism for food across space. The role of smallholder food production for urban livelihoods as well as the subsistence responsibilities of rural households are underestimated if agrarian household level linkages from rural to urban areas are not recognised in national production and consumption surveys and among policy makers.


  • Human Geography


  • ISSN: 0022-278X

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