Promoting Enabling Environments

We’re assessing and aim to improve enabling environments for CSA.

Market Smartness and CSA Adoption

Active period and status: Approved September 2016- Completed July 2017

This project: (i) provided holistic insights into the range of policies and programmes that can promote CSA objectives and impacts through market smart approaches; and (ii) assessed the expected viability of specific market smart interventions in light of macro-level changes taking place in the region. This will provide policy maker and development organisations with the means to develop market smart interventions that better anticipate and respond to important macro-level changes in the region and to develop more effective approaches to meeting CSA objectives.

Summary approach:
The approach was to contract technical expertise to conduct a review of current market smart approaches to promoting CSA objectives in SSA and to assess these in the context of changing economic and demographic conditions in SSA. The report generated will serve to guide Vuna’s future programme and policy activities in this area.

Results / findings to date:
The following 7 key recommendations came out of the work:

  • Increase funding for adaptive agricultural research systems to generate best practices with respect to integrated soil fertility management practices, improved seed varieties and fertilizer recommendations appropriate for the highly diverse environments of the region;
  • Improve the functioning of public extension systems so that they are more effective in performing their mandate of promoting bi-directional learning between farmers and agricultural scientists trying to promote sustainable productivity growth of African agriculture;
  • Policy efforts to promote access to capital at competitive rates for private investment in farming and agri-food systems more broadly;
  • Policy efforts to improve the functioning of land rental and sales markets;
  • Modify the design of input subsidy programs to promote the use of a wider range of inputs and integrated soil fertility management practices that complement the use of inorganic fertilizer;
  • Consider subsidizing the manufacture and distribution of organic fertilizer to rural areas;
  • Policy reforms to improve the functioning of agricultural commodity output markets and regional trade.