Outcome Stories

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

''Evidence brought together by the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute, a think-tank supported in part by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy has persuaded the government of Zambia to revise the mode of delivering its Farmer Input Support Program (FISP) to an electronic voucher payment system (e-FSIP). The e-FISP has improved targeting and efficiency of this program, which 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. FULL STORY

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From Paper to Digital: E-Payment Benefits Tanzanian 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. FULL STORY

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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 West Africa buy-in project 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 policy solutions. FULL STORY

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

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Until recently, the government of Myanmar, previously called Burma, forced all farmers with designated paddy land to grow only 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 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 of this policy reform, the freedom of crop choice has allowed farmers to earn more income by growing high demand crops such as mung beans. FULL STORY
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Coffee Means Cash in Rwanda

''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 the National Agricultural Export Development Board (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. FULL STORY

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From Data Collection to Policy Implementation in Nigeria

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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 State Policy Notes to inform the government and executive policy makers. FULL STORY

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Empowering an Agricultural Policy Research System: The Case of the Network of Local Centers of Expertise in Senegal

''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. FULL STORY

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Red Cherries and Rwandan Farmers Who Do it Right

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With coffee price increases, some farmers might be tempted to pick under-ripe cherries to boost their earnings. This behavior hurts farmers who bring only the perfect pick. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy’s 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. FULL STORY