• 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, 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?"

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