Voucher Subsidy Programmes in Low-Income Countries: Learning Lessons from Agriculture and Health


Luke Harman, Andrew Dorward




The use of subsidies as a means of achieving policy objectives in agriculture and health has seen something of a revival in recent years. However, theory and analysis continue to focus on each sector in isolation.

Project details

This project aims to uncover policy-relevant lessons from reviewing both literature bases and engaging in new empirical research on specific types of agriculture and health subsidies. The empirical component of the research involves drawing on methods from both health and agricultural economics to address gaps in the current evidence base by looking at two case studies.

Econometric based methods drawing on the health literature will be used to assess how pro-poor coupon allocation has been in the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP). This will be complemented with gathering of new qualitative data to explain these findings based on semi-structured interviews. For the health subsidy case study, a range of econometric models will be used to estimate the impact that the Tanzanian National Voucher Scheme (TNVS) for mosquito nets has had on demand for unsubsidised commercial nets. Results are not yet available.

Further information

TNVS - http://www.natnets.org/index.php/programme-components/tanzanian-national...

FISP - http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/9598/