Taking Stock of Africa’s Second-generation Agricultural Input Subsidy Programs

February 14, 2018 Author: ,

Thomas S. Jayne, Nicole M. Mason, William J. Burke, Joshua Ariga (2018). Taking Stock of Africa’s Second-generation Agricultural Input Subsidy Programs. Food Policy, Volume 75, February 2018, Pages 1-14


  • We synthesize nearly 80 studies on recent input subsidy programs (ISPs) in Africa.
  • ISPs can temporarily raise food output, but welfare effects are generally modest.
  • ISPs currently do not support climate smart goals but could be redesigned to do so.
  • Targeting problems and low yield response to fertilizer limit benefits of ISPs.
  • We describe strategies and policies to improve the effectiveness of ISPs in Africa.

Tags: c1/c2, cross-country, fsg peer reviewed publications, fsp peer reviewed publications, gisaia, input use and market development, sustainable agricultural intensification, tapra ii, world bank, zambia

Related Topic Areas

Cross-country, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, C1-C2


Thomas Jayne

Thomas Jayne

Nicole Mason-Wardell

Nicole Mason-Wardell

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