Policy Engagement

FAC researchers are contributing to the development of agriculture policy by drawing from the experience and knowledg
e of twenty two researchers and eleven research institutions. FAC’s wide range of research themes is
based on evidence and the real challenges of Africa’s agricultural sector.

Our engagement with policy processes in Africa includes:

  • Policymaker conferences and workshops
    • African Green Revolution
    • Fertiliser workshop
  • Commentary to policymakers
    • Dfid White Paper on development
    • GCARD consultations
  • CAADP engagement
    • Ethiopia compact signing

Latest articles

Political Economy and the Future of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme in Malawi
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
A presentation was made on 23 February 2012 about the Political Economy and Future of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) in Malawi. This presentation was made at an Agriculture Policy Dialogue, a forum convened by the Civil Society Agriculture

Informing Research on Integrated Seed System Development
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
The FAC Science, Technology and Innovation Theme carried out two phases of research in five countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe) on the ‘Political Economy of Cereal Seed Systems in Africa’, from which 10 FAC Working Papers were produced

Agricultural Climate Change Policy discussion roundtable, Kenya
Agricultural Climate Change Policy discussion roundtable, Kenya
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
The FAC Climate Change theme convened a policy discussion roundtable in Nairobi, 31 January 2012, to discuss key findings of recent FAC research on the status of agricultural climate change policy process in Kenya. The roundtable was attended by mix

Land Theme: Policy Engagement Meeting in Kwara State, Nigeria
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
The Policy Engagement Meeting noted the government’s appreciation of the enormous agricultural potential of Kwara State, Nigeria.  It highlighted the requirements of commercial agriculture and the imperative of state support, especially in the areas of access to land with secure

Journalism competition on Youth, Farming and Food
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
In the run-up to our international conference on Young People, Farming and Food in March, we held a competition to find the best media reporting in Africa on young people and agriculture. This competition aimed to encourage young and early

International conference on youth, jobs and agriculture
International conference on youth, jobs and agriculture
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
FAC’s international conference on the future of the agrifood sector in Africa was held at the Centre for African Wetlands, University of Ghana at Legon, Accra, on 19-21 March 2012.

The Political Economy of Climate Change
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
The Climate Change and Agriculture Theme of FAC was launched amidst an increasing focus on, and pledges of funding for, activities to address climate change in the agricultural sector. Through a combination of presentations at major policy events, comparative case

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