Modelling the Economy-Wide Impact of Technological Innovation and Mapping Agricultural Potential: The cases of Malawi and Burkina Faso

2019 | N. Mathenge | C.S. Fall | F. Traoré  | I. Fofana 

Malawi, published as ZEF Discussion Paper Development Policy No. 285

Burkina Faso: published as ZEF Discussion Paper on Development Policy No. 288

Abstract

These discussion papers analyze the economy-wide impact of a series of agricultural innovations in Malawi and Burkina Faso. Using an agricultural focused computable general equilibrium model disaggregated to reflect the country’s agro-ecological zones, we simulate three scenarios: one involving smallholders catching up to the production frontier, and two scenarios of agronomic innovations consisting in changes in level and application rate of nitrogen. Our results show a positive impact on the economy following an increase in maize yield and production efficiency under the different scenarios.