Planning an African agricultural policy program

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Client Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Dates 2010
Service(s)Policy & Economics, Strategy & Finance

CEPA was commissioned to design and develop a business plan to articulate detailed activities, partners, milestones, budgets and expected impacts to guide the delivery of a US$15m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa’s (AGRA’s) Policy Unit.

We identified priority national-level agricultural policy barriers constraining the release and dissemination of improved input technologies, and the development of commodity value chains and markets in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania. We also articulated the economic and operational parameters of potential grant-making opportunities to address the identified constraints, and for AGRA Program Officers to deliver over a three-year period. The grant-making opportunities that we identified focused on the strengthening of policy research, design and implementation in those five countries. We also assessed grant costs and potential grantee capacity to deliver the required activities.

Our team travelled to all five countries and conducted desk research and consultations with Governments, private sector agribusinesses, NGOs, farmers’ organisations, economists and policy think tanks. This informed the definition of the sub-activities required to address key seed systems, soil health, output markets, land access and climate change adaptation policies in these countries. We collaborated with a range of agriculture specialists during the assignment.