Partnership for Enabling Market Environments for Fertilizer in Africa (PEMEFA)
Participants in the workshop on "Developing Private Sector Agro-Input Markets: Lessons Learned and Emerging Perspectives on Subsidy Programs.” Jinja, Uganda, February 20, 2018
PEMEFA involves five partner organizations:
- African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
- International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
- Michigan State University (MSU)
- New Markets Lab (NML)
- Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI)
To transform African agriculture and smallholder farmers’ livelihoods by improving access to and use of fertilizers by establishing comprehensive, relevant, and robust national and regional fertilizer policies and regulatory frameworks that facilitate increased private sector investment and participation in fertilizer value chains.
1. Generate evidence to mobilize support for policy and regulatory reforms that will encourage private sector-led fertilizer markets and improve smallholder farmers’ access to and profitable use of fertilizers.
2. Build the capacity of stakeholders along fertilizer value chains to establish a conducive enabling environment for private sector-led fertilizer markets.
3. Drive ongoing efforts to reform policy, legal, and regulatory regimes for fertilizer through outreach and engagement.
- Gather and synthesize existing empirical evidence on the effects of and best practices for regulations, policies, and legal frameworks to create an enabling environment for private sector investment in fertilizer value chains in SSA.
- Conduct a workshop on fertilizer regulatory frameworks [completed in February 2018]
- Conduct a policy seminar/outreach event to present the preliminary findings of the synthesis report (Activity #1) [completed in February 2018]
- Pilot a lecture series at US & SSA universities on fertilizer policy/regulatory issues.
- Contribute to a study on the impacts of the 2012 Economic Community of West African States Fertilizer Regulatory Framework on fertilizer trade and use.
- Conduct a literature review/synthesis on best practices for Public-Private Dialogue platforms (PPDs) and take stock of current fertilizer PPDs in SSA.
- Review the literature on effective consortium models.
- Jointly prepare and submit at least one proposal for a multi-million dollar, multi-year grant to support future activities of the PEMEFA consortium.
- Improved knowledge and understanding of best practices for the creation of a fertilizer business-enabling environment.
- Higher quality research and policy insights as a result of increased multidisciplinary and multi-institutional engagement.
- Improved stakeholder participation in the reform process.
- Increased research and public discourse at US and SSA universities on creating an enabling environment for fertilizer business.
- Better organized and more impactful fertilizer PPDs.
- A well-resourced consortium with sufficient funds to work toward the achievement of its goal and objectives.
- A consortium that harnesses the unique expertise and skills of its members while leaving room for exploration and enhancement of individual strengths and interests.
PEMEFA’s initial activities are supported by a planning grant from the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), a new, innovative initiative at Michigan State University that seeks to develop a collaborative and cross-disciplinary platform for addressing today’s global challenges.
The PEMEFA team includes:
- Joshua Ariga, Ph.D., Senior Economist, Market Economics and Policy, IFDC
- Killian Banda, M.S., Policy Research Associate, AFAP
- Megan Glaub, J.D., Senior Legal Fellow, NML
- Charles Jumbe, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi. CARD is a member institute of ReNAPRI.
- Katrin Kuhlmann, J.D., President and Founder, NML, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center
- Nicole M. Mason, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE), MSU
- Maria Wanzala-Mlobela, Ph.D., Senior Director - Policy, Partnerships, and Government Relations, AFAP
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Publications and Presentations
Proceedings of the National Symposium on Fertilizer - The Role of Policies and Regulations in Stimulating Private Sector Investment in Fertilizer Value Chain
Published on May 29, 2018
Charles Jumbe, National Symposium on Fertilizer, Lilongwe, Malawi, May 29, 2018
Understanding the Enabling Environment: How Laws, Regulations, and Government Programs Support Trade and Agricultural Development
Published on April 17, 2018
Joshua Ariga, Katrin Kuhlmann, and Nicole Mason on behalf of the PEMEFA team, Washington, DC, Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Published on April 5, 2018
Joshua Ariga, Katrin Kuhlmann, and Nicole Mason. Eye on Africa Seminar, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Thursday, April 5, 2018
Creating an Enabling Environment for Private Sector Investment in Fertilizer Value Chains in SSA: Empirical Evidence & Knowledge Gaps
Published on February 22, 2018
Maria Wanzala-Mlobela & Nicole M. Mason on behalf of the PEMEFA team, Jinja, Uganda, February 22, 2018
Published on April 17, 2018
Article published by MSU International Studies & Program, April 17, 2018