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.


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Mobilizing finance for smallholders in Kenya
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
Kenya's agricultural sector has been starved of finance and financial services for decades. This makes it difficult for smallholders to intensify their farming activities and commercialise their activities. Most smallholders are served by traders similarly low on capital and without

Malawi’s Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme: Informing government and civil society actors
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
The Malawi Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme (MAISP) which started in 2005/06 targeting smallholder farmers through a voucher programme has benefited from periodic evaluation and research conducted by FAC researchers Ephraim Chirwa and Andrew Dorward and other members of the Social

Fertilizer subsidies and FAC?s policy influence in ‘real time’
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
FAC researchers' evaluation of Malawi's 2006/7 Agricultural Input Support Programme (MAISP) continued with completion of core sections of the programme evaluation for 2007/8 and 2008/091. FAC team members continue to work closely with the Ministry to help maximise the long-term

Pastoralists moving with the times
Pastoralists moving with the times
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
The FAC Pastoralism Theme organised an international conference with Tufts University on the "Future of Pastoralism in Africa", which was held on 21-23 March 2011 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa. Over 100 scholars from around

The AU-AfDB-UNECA land policy initiative
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
Meeting in Lisbon FAC coordinator Ruth Hall (South Africa) and FAC researcher Joseph Yaro (Ghana) were invited to participate the Land Policy Initiative & Coalition for Dialogue on Africa event, a Policy Forum on Foreign Direct Investments in Land in

Engaging the Pan African Parliament on land deals
Engaging the Pan African Parliament on land deals
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
Future Agricultures (through the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, South Africa – PLAAS) partnered with the Pan African Parliament (PAP) to hold a continental seminar with African parliamentarians, entitled “Making Investment Work for Africa: A Parliamentarian Response to