Lessons Learned from Private Sector-friendly Input Subsidy Programs in Tanzania and Ghana

April 3, 2017 - David L. Mather

David L. Mather, April 2017. Lessons learned from private sector-friendly input subsidy programs in Tanzania and Ghana. GISAIA/Tanzania Working Paper #6

Tanzania’s National Agricultural Input Vouchers Scheme (NAIVS) and Ghana’s Food Security Program (GFSP) are viewed as two of the most private sector-friendly input subsidy programs (ISPs) of their generation (2000-2013). In this paper, we highlight a number of lessons learned (good and bad) from the design and implementation of these two programs with respect to meeting the related ‘smart subsidy’ goals of supporting input market development and not undermining incentives for private sector investment.


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