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