C3. Policy Systems Analysis Featured Stories

  • Felix Kwame Yeboah 08/07/2018

    On Agrilinks: Creating an Enabling Environment for a Youth in Ag

    Recommendations to create an enabling environment to fully harness young people’s innovativeness and energies for inclusive agricultural transformation.

  • Paymal, Elisabeth 08/05/2018

    FSP at AAEA 2018 in DC

    FSP team members are honored at AAEA 2018, and present their research (see our schedule). Meet us at our exhibition table.

  • Paymal, Elisabeth 07/28/2018

    FSP at ICAE 2018

    FSP experts extensively present at ICAE 2018. Find out what, where and when. See you there!

  • Paymal, Elisabeth 07/02/2018

    June Was Food Security Policy Month on Agrilinks

    See how we explained and shared our expertise on policy and food security in developing countries with 7 blogs and 1 webinar.

  • T. Jayne, T. Reardon, M. Maredia and D. Tschirley 06/30/2018

    Why the Influence of Agricultural Policy Research is Probably Greater than We Think

    We believe there are at least three categories of impactful policy-oriented research that development organizations should be promoting, even though it may be difficult to track the immediate impact of such research on a policy change.

  • Sheryl Hendriks and Nic Oliver 06/26/2018

    Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition Policy Coherence

    Food security involves many sectors and partners requiring to make sure that policy is coherent across sectors. How then do governments ensure policy congruence?

  • Thomas Jayne 06/21/2018

    Are Medium-scale Farmers Driving Agricultural Transformation in Africa?

    The rapid change from small-scale farms and medium-scale one has many implications for the agricultural production of developing countries.

  • Paymal, Elisabeth 06/18/2018

    Strengthening National Policy Systems: Bridging the Disconnect between the Evidence and Action

    Agrilinks "Ask the Experts" on policy process, with FSP's Suresh Babu and Duncan Boughton. Ask your own question, live, June 25, 9:30-10:00 EDT

  • Sheryl Hendriks 06/15/2018

    Guidance and Capacity Critical to National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plan (NAIP) ...

    Sheryl Hendriks, Agrilinks, June 15, 2018. Dramatic change has been happening in Africa for at least the past decade.

  • Mywish Maredia and Xinshen Diao 06/15/2018

    Building Resilience through Better Policies

    How is FSP addressing resilience through policies? The multi-pronged strategy is illustrated with examples of the Lab’s outputs, in Agrilinks, June 15, 2018

  • Paida Mpaso, NAPAS: Malawi Communications Specialist 06/14/2018

    NAPAS: Malawi Value Chain Studies at the World Banks’ ICABR Conference in DC

    NAPAS: Malawi published six value chain studies to inform Malawi's policy makers and investors: Cassava, groundnuts, macademia, pigoen pea, potato and tea.

  • Paida Mpaso, NAPAS: Malawi Communication Specialist 06/13/2018

    Launch of the Malawi National Agriculture Investment Plan

    June 13, 2018 - MoAIWD launched the National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP) which is the medium-term investment framework for the agricultural sector for the next five years.

  • Paymal, Elisabeth 06/12/2018

    FSP West Africa Expertise on Herbicide Policies at the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconom

    S. Haggblade and M. Smale will lead the “Africa’s Emerging Herbicide Revolution” panel at the 22nd ICABR Conference: “Disruptive Innovations, Value Chain and Rural Development,” The World Bank, Washington DC, June 12–15, 2018.

  • Elizabeth Mwambulukutu, Isaac Minde and David Nyange 06/12/2018

    ASPIRES Supports Tanzania’s Agricultural Sector Development Program II (ADSP II)

    In Tanzania, agriculture represents 23% of the GDP while employing 70% of the labor force. ASDP II aims at boosting the agricultural sector.

  • E. Mkandawire and S. Hendriks 06/11/2018

    Gender-responsive Nutrition Policies – A Myth or a Possibility?

    Policymakers often incorrectly understand gender to mean addressing women’s issues. E. Mkandawire and S. Hendriks explain in an Agrilinks blog.

  • Laura Schmitt Olabisi and Saweda Liverpool-Tasie 06/04/2018

    Climate Change and Food Security: Threats and Hopes for Nigeria

    By Laura Schmitt Olabisi and Saweda Liverpool-Tasie: "We’ve gotten used to the looks on farmers’ faces by now—shaking heads, looking to the sky as if for an explanation, frowning worriedly. The rains aren’t the same as they used to be, they tell us. ...."

  • Elizabeth Mwambulukutu, Isaac Minde, David Nyange, Elisabeth Paymal, and David Tschirley 05/29/2018

    MSU CANR Dean Ron Hendrick Visits Tanzania

    During his May 2018 visit to Tanzania, the Dean saw firsthand the implementation of FSP ASPIRES's work in Tanzania: progress made to date, existing challenges, and next steps, including new areas of collaboration to accelerate the project's implementation.

  • Bond, Dennis 05/23/2018

    FSP’s Study of the Long-term Benefits of Fertiliser Subsidies Program in Malawi

    The 2017 article by Jake Ricker-Gilbert and Thomas Jayne, "Estimating the Enduring Effects of Fertiliser Subsidies on Commercial Fertiliser Demand and Maize Production: Panel Data Evidence from Malawi," published in Journal of Agricultural Economics, was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers.

  • Duncan Boughton and Elisabeth Paymal 05/16/2018

    “One Team” Approach to Accelerating Technology Adoption in Myanmar

    Experience in many countries has shown that when farmers, researchers and extension work together to evaluate improved technology it is more likely to be adopted on a sustained basis.

  • Saweda Liverpool-Tasie 05/10/2018

    Nigerian Visiting Scholar’s Program Hosts Three Faculty on MSU Campus

    The chief objectives of the professors’ visit was to monitor the progress of their students and to interact with MSU faculty in areas of mutual interest.

  • T.S. Jayne and Holger Kray 04/10/2018

    7 Unmistakable Signs of Agri-food Systems Transformation in Africa

    It's happening, and offers many investment opportunities. A seminar by Jayne & Kray, Ministry of Agriculture, Gvt of Tanzania, April 10, 2018

  • Kwame Yeboah 03/29/2018

    Youth for Growth, Transforming Economies through Agriculture

    A Report by Felix Kwame Yeboah, Principal Author (FSP C4a), sponsored by the Chicago Council for Global Affairs

  • Ben Belton, Mateusz Filipski and Elisabeth Paymal 03/22/2018

    What Is a Value Chain? The Example of Aquaculture

    Aquaculture (fish farming) is a fast growing economic sector in SE Asia. Farmed fish is an integral part of the poor diet, and contributes to food security.

  • Ben Belton 03/08/2018

    Let Them Eat Carp

    Fish farms (aquaculture) are helping to fight hunger. An article by B. Belton (FSP Myanmar team) in The Conversation

  • Thomas Jayne 03/02/2018

    FSP Researchers Lead Special JDS Issue

    FSP C4a (Upstream Global Research Policy) leader T. Jayne, and collaborators, are guest editors of a special issue of the Journal of Development Studies.

  • Ben Belton and Saweda Liverpool-Tasie 03/01/2018

    The Economist: How the Growth of Cities Changes Farming

    Ben Belton and Saweda Liverpool-Tasie in The Economist, Feb 15, 2018

  • Oyinkansola Tasie, Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, and Elisabeth Paymal 02/16/2018

    Aflatoxins Jeopardize Food Safety and Entrepreneurial Food Processing Opportunities in Nigeria

    Aflatoxins make their way into numerous locally produced and processed maize based food items.

  • Elizabeth Mwambulukutu and David Nyange 02/16/2018

    4th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference in Tanzania

    Theme: Integrating Food and Nutrition Security into Economic Transformation and Industrialization Agenda in Tanzania, 14–16 February 2018, Dodoma, Tanzania

  • Flora Nankhuni and Paida Mpaso 02/12/2018

    Malawi Land Symposium video

    The 2016 Malawi Land Symposium summerized in a video, told by Flora Nankhuni, FSP NAPAS: Malawi Chief of Party.

  • Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project team 01/25/2018

    Call Deadline Extended and Now Open to All Nigerian Scholars

    Scholars from ALL states of Nigeria are eligible. Deadline extended to Feb. 28, 2018.

  • Bond, Dennis 12/21/2017

    FSP’s Mid-term Performance Evaluation Is Featured on USAID DEC Newsletter

    This report summarizes the principal findings of the evaluation, and includes 20 priority recommendations for strengthening implementation of the project for the length of the project (LOP), and 14 recommendations for future USAID/Bureau for Food Security (BFS) initiatives.

  • Flora Nankhuni and Athur Mabiso 12/20/2017

    Malawi’s National Agriculture Policy: How a Policy Reform Comes About

    FSP NAPAS: Malawi supported Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in developing the National Agriculture Policy. This reform aims to transform the national agricultural sector from subsistence to commercial farming. FSP NAPAS: Malawi supported the Ministry by organizing multiple and extensive stakeholder consultations. It also contributed to data collection and analysis to support its recommendations.

  • Ruth Ann Church 12/11/2017

    Red Cherries and Farmers Who Do it Right

    With coffee price increases, some farmers might be tempted to pick under-ripe fruits to deliver more fruits. This behavior prejudices farmers who bring only the perfect pick. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, the Africa Great Lakes Coffee Support Program (AGLC) offered support to the National Agricultural Export and Development Board (NAEB) in the form of data and research to help change policies and prevent this kind of “cheating,” at the expense of farmers who do it right.

  • Kimsey Savadogo 12/11/2017

    Empowering an Agricultural Policy Research System: The Case of the Network of Local Centers ....

    Senegal has several excellent agricultural research institutions to inform and support policy. But these institutions have worked in isolation for decades, with little coordination and collaborations. The Feed the Future Senegal Agriculture Policy Project (PAPA) has transformed the way research to inform policy is done by creating the Local Analysis Network that regroups Senegal’s centers of expertise. This is the first analysis network in the sub region and, as defined in the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS), it is a new tool and concept central to support evidence-based policy making.

  • Oyinkansola Tasie, Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, and Elisabeth Paymal 12/10/2017

    From Data Collection to Policy Implementation

    To better understand how to maximize the potential of a cash crop such as rice, and to prioritize policy actions, data have been collected by the government agencies in Nigeria, but sound analysis of this data at the State level to guide policies has been lacking. In response to this capacity building need at local government level, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy (FSP), Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, has designed and offered a series of training workshops for state government staff. These resulted in the publication and dissemination of policy notes to inform the government and executive policy makers.

  • AGLC team 12/08/2017

    Coffee Means Cash

    Coffee plays a central role for 355,000 rural households in Rwanda, and the cherry price can mean the difference between an unbreakable cycle of rural poverty and a country with thriving communities across all of its districts, not just the urban areas. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy’s Africa Great Lakes Coffee Support Program (AGLC) provided NAEB with findings that established the cost of production of coffee to farmers. These results served as a basis for a substantial adjustment in the national coffee floor price.

  • Kyan Htoo and Khaing Wah Soe, December 2017 12/08/2017

    “Freedom of Crop Choice” Brings Prosperity to Myanmar’s Farmers

    Until recently, the government of Myanmar, previously named Burma, forced all farmers with designated paddy land to grow rice on these plots. The goal was to ensure national self-sufficiency in rice production. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy (FSP) in Myanmar has advocated for relaxing these restrictions, to allow farmers the freedom to farm whichever crops they prefer. The government was responsive to these messages, and lifted restrictions on the choice of field crops that could be grown on paddy land. Already, after only a couple of years, the change in crop management has allowed farmers to generate much more income from crops such as beans.

  • FSP Mali and West Africa Team, December 2017 12/08/2017

    How to Tell Fake from Real? Consequences of Rapid Herbicide Market Growth in Mali and West Africa

    Over the past decade, herbicide use has increased rapidly, in Mali and throughout West Africa. With many counterfeit products available. Recent research by the Feed the Future’s Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy’s (FSP) Mali Food Security Policy Research Program shows that out of 100 bottles of glyphosate herbicide purchased for laboratory testing, 40% turned out to be counterfeit or unregistered. No wonder farmers consistently report widely differing outcomes, even when they buy the same herbicide from the same supplier. Researchers from the FSP Mali team and the USAID West Africa Regional Program are now working with the regional pesticide regulatory body, the Comité Sahélien des Pesticides (CSP), to identify the magnitude of the quality problem in the region, and seek potential solutions.

  • Elizabeth Mwambulukutu, David Nyange, Isaac Minde, and Elisabeth Paymal 12/08/2017

    From Paper to Digital: E-Payment Benefits Local Governments and Taxpayers

    Tanzania’s Local Government Authorities (LGAs) had been using a paper and pen system to process taxes for years but it was very difficult to monitor the local tax collection The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy’s Agricultural Sector Policy and Institutional Reform Strengthening (ASPIRES) recommended the government of Tanzania to implement an e-payment system. It has proven transparent, reliable, and more efficient for both the Local Government Authorities and the taxpayers.

  • Hambulo Ngoma, December 2017 12/08/2017

    A Policy Reform Boosts Business and Promotes Diversification: The E-Voucher Program in Zambia

    A policy reform supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy in Zambia, has helped improve the results from the Zambian Farmer Input Support Program (FISP). By adopting an electronic voucher payment system, the FISP improved in targeting and efficiency. FISP reform includes flexibility to purchase agricultural inputs beyond maize seed and fertilizer, so farmers can purchase what they need most. It has also made the input sector more attractive to private investors, and helped agricultural diversification.

  • David Tschirley 12/03/2017

    A Global Food Security Symposium

    FSP’s downstream and upstream food system transformation team organized symposium: "Changing food systems and nutrition: Do we have the concepts and data to understand, track, and anticipate the links?"

  • Oyinkan Tasie and Steve Longabaugh 11/28/2017

    Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project Builds Capacity of Young Nigerian Scholars…

  • Oyinkan Tasie and Steve Longabaugh 11/28/2017

    Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project supports Kaduna State Ministry ....

  • Tom Reardon 11/28/2017

    The Future of Work: An Interagency Development Economics Seminar

    WEBINAR: Tom Reardon (C4b, Nigeria, Senegal) speaks to Chief Economists of USAID and MCC, Nov. 15.

  • Bond, Dennis 11/13/2017

    Causes and Consequences of Changing Farm Size Distribution

    FSP C4a Thomas Jayne will present "The Rise of Medium-Scale Farms in Africa" at the World Bank Group's webinar, Thursday, Nov. 16.

  • Thomas Jayne and Kwame Yeboah 10/31/2017

    Feed the Future Interviews FSP Scientists

    Thom Jayne and Kwame Yeboah (C4), report on their research about youth in agriculture in Africa, and make recommendations.

  • Paida Mpaso 10/23/2017

    VIDEO - Encouraging and Strengthening Cooperatives

    A video to promote the creation of cooperatives

  • Steve Haggblade 10/13/2017

    Regional Pesticide Policies in West Africa

    Reports on six countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinée, Mali, and Senegal.

  • David Ortega 10/12/2017

    AGLC scientists engage with FAO

    What makes coffee so uniquely important for Rwanda’s agricultural growth? The AGLC Team has identified 8 fundamental arguments to support investing in the coffee sector.

  • Paida Mpaso 10/04/2017

    Soil Health Issues Dominate Fertilizer Policy Consultations

    A new National Fertilizer Policy draft to define the vision for developing the fertilizer industry in Malawi.