ZEF Public Lecture: "Forest co-management, food security and poverty traps in Malawi"

October 25, 2022 | 14:30 h - 15:30 h

We would like to invite you to a ZEF Public Lecture on Tuesday, October 25th, 14:30-15:30.

Please find the registration link below.


Forest co-management, food security and poverty traps in Malawi


… to be presented by Dr. Charles Palmer, Associate Professor of Environment and Development at London School of Economics and Political Science,  Department of Geography and Environment


Info:  I am currently on a year-long sabbatical from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and as a guest researcher at ZEF I will begin my presentation by introducing myself before giving a snapshot of my current research pipeline. I will then show some early results from two new studies. Although not explicitly linked, both studies involve the empirical evaluation of policies that have been scaled up to the national level. The first, on the heterogeneous impacts of drought intensity on crop yields in the context of India’s Interlinking Rivers project, is presented briefly. The second, on food security and poverty traps in the context of forest co-management in Malawi, will be the main focus of my presentation. Co-management, similar to other property rights approaches to natural resource management with dual conservation-poverty policy goals, involves the devolution/transfer of resource rights to rural households and communities. We empirically evaluate the extent to which Malawi’s national-scale co-management scheme, the Improved Forest Management for Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (IFMSLP), improved household incomes and food security, two and five years after the end of the scheme. The study’s goal is to fill two gaps in the literature. First, to better understand how co-management works to influence poverty, and empirical test potential mechanisms of effect. Second, to generate evidence of the distributional implications of co-management, and to examine whether the scheme triggered or sustained geographically-determined poverty traps. After introducing the topic, context and empirical set-up, I will present the early results from the application of a differences-in-differences framework to a panel dataset of households.


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