Impact Stories

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African agriculture needs policies and action based on high-quality research and analysis.

To this end, Future Agricultures engages with policy makers, government ministries, the private sector, civil society and the wider academic community.

The stories in this section show how our research and engagement activity have informed and influenced policy debates in Africa and beyond.

Read our evaluations for detailed and independent analysis on FAC’s impact.

You can also download selected impact stories in a printable format.


Latest articles

Seeds in Ethiopia: Working with policy and research
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Future Agricultures work on seeds in Ethiopia has made a significant contribution to influencing the development of the seed policy and wider seed system in the country, towards a more decentralised and liberalized system, which recognises both private and public

Drivers of Success: Understanding why African countries succeed in agricultural development
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Over several years, Future Agricultures has engaged with the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) institutions to strengthen CAADP policy processes. In 2013, Future Agricultures was invited to participate in the ‘Drivers of Success in African Agriculture’ study, commissioned by

Malawi’s input subsidies: evidence & insight
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Future Agricultures worked with Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture and others to inform the development of the government’s Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP). Part of a series of Impact Stories based on the Future Agricultures Consortium’s work from 2008-2015.

Civil society partnerships in Malawi
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Future Agricultures worked with three civil society organisations (CSOs) which aim to inform and influence agricultural policy in Malawi. We have provided evidence, policy framing and analysis which is being used in advocacy and policy influencing around the issues of

Influencing policy change in pastoral areas of Kenya
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
In 2008, the Kenyan government established a new ministry to promote development and resilience in pastoral areas. Future Agricultures played an important role, providing evidence to create a more positive narrative about the potential of pastoralism. We worked over several

Informing the debate on land
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Following the financial crisis of 2007-8 there was a growth of private sector interest in land investments. NGOs and civil society raised awareness of ‘land grabbing’ and there was a rise in media interest, often with use of ‘killer facts’

Helping farmers get access to seeds
Helping farmers get access to seeds
February 11, 2015 / Impact Stories
In 2009 Ethiopia’s cereal seed system was based on central planning, with no recognition of informal seed systems, or the role of markets in seed distribution. This system was not functioning effectively, such that farmers were unable to access quality

Informing ‘safety nets’ for food insecure Ethiopians
Informing ‘safety nets’ for food insecure Ethiopians
February 11, 2015 / Impact Stories
Since 2005, the Government of Ethiopia has implemented a Productive Safety Net (PSNP), with the objective to ‘graduate’ millions of chronically food insecure Ethiopians to productive livelihoods, supported by donors including DFID, the World Bank and USAID. By 2010 the

Bringing political economy thinking to CAADP
February 11, 2015 / Impact Stories
Over several years, Future Agricultures has engaged with the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) institutions to strengthen CAADP policy processes. In 2013, FAC was invited to participate in the ‘Drivers of Success in African Agriculture’ study, commissioned by the

Informing Malawi’s farm input subsidy programme through evidence
Informing Malawi’s farm input subsidy programme through evidence
February 11, 2015 / Impact Stories
The Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) is one of the highest profile government policies in Malawi, comprising about 70% of the Ministry of Agriculture’s budget. It features in the election pledges of all the political parties and has been strongly