Did the e-voucher approach to Zambia’s Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) outperform the traditional FISP? Evidence from the Crop Forecast

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January 3, 2020 - Author: Nicole M. Mason, Auckland Kuteya, , Dagbegnon A. Tossou, and Katharine R. Baylis

Nicole M. Mason, Auckland Kuteya, Hambulo Ngoma, Dagbegnon A. Tossou, and Katharine R. Baylis, 2020. Did the e-voucher approach to Zambia’s Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) outperform the traditional FISP? Evidence from the Crop Forecast, FSP Policy Brief 109, East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Key Findings

  • Based on Zambia Crop Forecast Survey (CFS) data from before and during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 piloting of the e-voucher approach to the Farmer Input Support Programme (e-FISP), the results suggest that the e-FISP fell short of achieving some of its objectives, at least in the short-run and based on the outcomes that can be analyzed with the CFS.
  • At best, the outcomes analyzed were not statistically different under the e-FISP versus the traditional FISP (for farmers’ purchases of unsubsidized fertilizer, use of herbicide, and field crop diversification); at worst, outcomes were worse under the e-FISP relative to the traditional FISP (for fertilizer and hybrid maize seed use, and the timeliness of and distance to FISP fertilizer for beneficiary households).
  • These disappointing e-FISP results are likely due more to implementation challenges and lack of political will than to fundamental flaws in the e-FISP concept and design.

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Tags: agrifood system transformation, c1-c2, fsg policy brief, fsp policy brief, impact assessment, sustainable agricultural intensification, zambia


Related Topic Areas

Zambia, C1-C2


Authors

Hambulo Ngoma

Hambulo Ngoma
ngomaha1@msu.edu


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