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, c1/c2, cross-country, food security group, fsg peer reviewed publications, fsp peer reviewed publications, gisaia, innovation lab for food security policy, input use and market development, malawi, nigeria, sustainable agricultural intensification, tanzania, tapra ii, world bank, zambia


Thomas Jayne

Thomas Jayne

Nicole Mason-Wardell

Nicole Mason-Wardell

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