Taking Stock of Africa’s Second-Generation Agricultural Input Subsidy Programs, 2000–2015

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April 1, 2017 - Author: Jayne, T. S., Mason, N. M., Burke, W., and Ariga J.

Jayne, T. S., Mason, N. M., Burke, W., and Ariga J. 2017. Taking Stock of Africa’s Second-Generation Agricultural Input Subsidy Programs, 2000–2015. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 34. East Lansing: Michigan State University

KEY FINDINGS

• Input subsidy programs (ISPs) have proven effective in raising national food production quickly, but by considerably less than was originally envisioned
• Hence, most recent ISPs in Africa have had contributed only weakly to economic growth processes
• Nevertheless, there remains strong potential for ISPs to more effectively catalyze farm productivity growth and contribute to other development goals such as resilience and climate smart agriculture if ISPs were part of a more comprehensive strategy that focuses on helping farmers to use fertilizer more efficiently and profitably.

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