When media reports meet data: Developments in the cotton sub-sector in Malawi

A lot has happened since my co-author and I published results of a study on performance of cotton farming in Malawi we conducted in 2014. For example, the Nation newspaper reported that cotton farming was in a “free fall” in 2016. Zodiak Broadcasting Station said cotton farming was at its lowest in 2017 whereas CISANET complained about uncertainty in the cotton subsector in Malawi. As if that is not enough, ginners reportedly “threatened” to stop providing inputs to cotton farmers as the ginners  lamented about not gaining from their investment in the crop. It has further been reported that farmers only managed to produce 13 000 metric tonnes against a national demand of 250 000 tonnes in 2017. Continue reading “When media reports meet data: Developments in the cotton sub-sector in Malawi”