Workshop Evaluation Report & Proceedings of the Presentations and Workshop on Creating an Enabling Environment for Private Sector Investment in Fertilizer Value Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa
February 22, 2018 - Author: PEMEFA team
Workshop Evaluation Report & Proceedings
Partnership for Enabling Market Environments for Fertilizer in Africa (PEMEFA)
Presentations and Workshop on Creating an Enabling Environment for Private Sector Investment in Fertilizer Value Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa
Jinja, Uganda, February 22, 2018
This report summarizes the content of and participants’ feedback on presentations and workshop sessions led by the Partnership for Enabling Market Environments for Fertilizer in Africa (PEMEFA) on February 22, 2018, in Jinja, Uganda, as part of a broader 4-day workshop organized by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) on “Developing Private Sector Agro-Input Markets: Lessons Learned and Emerging Perspectives on Subsidy Programs.” PEMEFA’s activities on February 22 involved 48 workshop participants from Uganda and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). These included public and private sector representatives, representatives from the donor community and non-governmental organizations, and farmers.
The workshop consisted of seven sessions covering different discussion and lecture topics, as well break-out group activities such as field trips and case studies. The overall objectives of the PEMEFA activities at the workshop were: (i) to build the capacity of workshop participants to understand the key features of an enabling environment for private sector investment in fertilizer value chains, and to advocate for change to improve the enabling environment in their home country; (ii) to raise awareness of the empirical evidence on the types of policies (including fertilizer subsidy programs and others), laws, and regulations that facilitate versus hinder fertilizer business and smallholder access to affordable, good quality fertilizers; and (iii) to disseminate the preliminary findings of and solicit feedback on the draft PEMEFA synthesis report on empirical evidence and knowledge gaps related to enabling environments for fertilizer business in SSA.