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The mission of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy (FSP) is to help USAID-supported countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to fight hunger, reduce poverty and improve nutritional outcomes through better food policy. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy is funded by an award from the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative. MSU’s Food Security Group will lead implementation, partnering with the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Additional Innovation Lab funding could also be made available for more intensive country-level programs throughout the next five years.
Together, the consortium will work with governments, researchers and private sector stakeholders in as many as 19 Feed the Future focus countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to increase agricultural productivity, improve dietary diversity and build greater resilience to challenges, like climate change, that affect livelihoods. The final result sought is higher incomes for farmers, higher quality diets at lower cost for consumers, and greater stability in food markets.
Project Overview Top
- Work Plan
- Annual Report
- Semi Annual Report:
- Feed The Future Innovation Labs.
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Policy Briefs Top
- Gendering Malawi's National Nutrition Policy using the integrated framework for gender analysis in nutrition policy.
Elizabeth Mkandawire, Sheryl L. Hendriks and Lucy Mkandawire. Policy Research Brief 17. September 2016.
- Can Input Subsidy Programs Promote Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa? T.S. Jayne, Nicholas J. Sitko, Nicole M. Mason, and David Skole. MSU Policy Synthesis #93. July 2016.
- Agricultural Mechanization And South-South Knowledge Exchange: What can Ethiopian and Kenyan policymakers learn from Bangladesh’s experience? Addisu Tadege Animaw, Jasper Alfred Mutegi Nkanya, John Mogaka Nyakiba, and Tamiru Habte Woldemariam. Synthesized by Hiroyuki Takeshima. ESSP Research Note 47. February 2016.
- Agricultural Mechanization And South-South Knowledge Exchange: What can Ghanaian and Nigerian policymakers learn from Bangladesh’s experience? Patrick O. Aboagye, Abdullahi Garba Abubakar, Abdulai Iddrisu Adama, Akeem Oyeyemi Lawal, and Aliyu Abdullahi Musa. Synthesized by Hiroyuki Takeshima. GSSP Policy Note 06 and NSSP Policy Note 36. February 2016.
- Road Map Towards The Malabo Declaration: Increasing Smallholder Farm Productivity through Improved Farm Management Practices. ReNAPRI Policy Brief No. 1.
- Anticipating Africa’s Policy Challenges In The Decade Ahead: Africa’s Changing Farm Structure and Employment Challenge. ReNAPRI Policy Brief No. 2.
- Road Map towards the Malabo Declaration: A Case for Open Borders. ReNAPRI Policy Brief No.3.
- Africa's Changing Farm Structure and Employment Challenge. T.S. Jayne, A. Chapoto, N. Sitko, M. Muyanga, C. Nkonde and J. Chamberlin. Number 91. April 2014.
Policy Presentations Top
- Transformation of Horticulture Supply Chains in an era of Rapid Urbanization in developing Asia.
September 8, 2016.
- Raising Fertilizer Use by Smallholder Farmers. T.S. Jayne.
Keynote Presentation at "Seizing the Moment: Accelerating Fertilizer
Use by Smallholder Farmers" Side Event at
The African Green Revolution Forum.
Nairobi, Kenya. 6 September 2016.
- Launch of the 2016 Africa Agricultural Status Report, African Green Revolution Forum, Opening Plenary Session moderated by Thomas Jayne, co-author of the report, 6 September, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya.
- Agricultural Input Subsidy Programs in Asia and Africa:
A Review of Recent Evidence.
T.S. Jayne and Nicole Mason. Presentation at workshop on “Making Subsidies Work for Kenya.” Nairobi, Kenya.1 September 2016.
- Intra-Rural Migration in Tanzania and Pathways of Welfare Change. Ayala Wineman and Thomas S. Jayne. Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting. Boston, Massachusetts, July 31-August 2.
- Africa’s Evolving Employment Structure: Implications for economic transformation. Kwame Yeboah and T.S. Jayne. Plenary Presentation, International Conference on Applied Bioeconomy Research. June 27, 2016. Ravello, Italy.
- Cities and the Future of Agriculture & Food Security. Roundtable Recap. April 25, 2016.
- Africa’s Changing Farmland Ownership and Use: Considering the Policy Implications. T.S. Jayne, Ward Anseeuw, Richard Kachule, Milu Muyanga, Kwame Yeboah, and Nicholas Sitko. Keynote Address, Malawi Land Symposium. Lilongwe, Malawi. April 20, 2016
- Toward Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture in East and Southern Africa: What Have We Learned? T.S. Jayne. GISAIA Policy Symposium, Ministry of Agriculture. Lilongwe, Malawi. 21 April 2016.
- Agrifood Youth Employment and Engagement Study (AGYEES). Key Findings and Recommendations. Youth Livelihoods Program. Agrifood Youth Opportunity Labs Co-Design Meeting. April 18-19, 2016.
- Africa’s evolving employment structure: Trends and implications for economic transformation. Felix K. Yeboah and Thomas S. Jayne. Development Brown Bag Seminar. April 6, 2016.
- Africa’s Changing Farmland Ownership: The Rise of the Emergent Investor Farmer. T.S. Jayne, Jordan Chamberlin, Lulama Ndibongo Traub, N. Sitko, Milu Muyanga, Felix K. Yeboah, Chewe Nkonde, Ward Anseeuw, A. Chapoto, and Richard Kachule. Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. Washington D.C. March 14–18, 2016.
- Is Small Still Beautiful? The Farm Size-Productivity Relationship Revisited in Kenya. Milu Muyanga & T.S. Jayne. Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2016, Washington, DC. March 14-18, 2016.
- The Role of Land Policy in Agricultural Transformation and Inclusive Economic Growth: Implications for Africa. Thomas Jayne, M.Mercedes Stickler, Caleb Stevens, and Sarah Lowery. March 16, 2016.
- Agrifood System Transformation in East and Southern Africa: Implications for Tanzania. David Tschirley, Jason Snyder, Claire Ijumba, Thomas Reardon. 2nd Agricultural Policy Conference in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam. Feb 24, 2016.
- Comments to the Committee on World Food Security: Urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition. David Tschirley. FAO, Rome 22 February 2016.
- Agricultural land dynamics and land policy in rural Tanzania. Milu Muyanga, Isaac Minde, David Nyange, Ntengua Mdoe, Charles Mgeni, Christopher G. Magomba, Judith V. Rejea, Ayala Wineman, T.S. Jayne. 2nd Annual Agricultural Policy Conference. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. February 25, 2016.
- Land Policy Sharing and Coordination Session, Thom Jayne and Emily Weeks (facilitators), Bureau for Food Security Policy Division Partners Meeting, Arlington, VA, December 14-15, 2015.
- Thom Jayne, learning session with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Front Office, December 8, 2015, Seattle, Washington.
- Transforming Smallholder Agriculture in the Face of Rising Land Scarcity and Low Productivity. T.S. Jayne, Kwame Yeboah, Lulama Traub, Milu Muyanga, Jordan Chamberlin, Ferdinand Meyer. Keynote Address, Tegemeo Institute Agricultural Policy Conference, Nairobi. November 10, 2015.
- Emerging Land Issues In Kenyan Agriculture And Their Implications For Food Policy And Institutional Reforms. Milu Muyanga & TS Jayne. Tegemeo National Policy Conference 2015. Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi, Kenya. November 10, 2015.
- African Economic Conference 2015. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. November 3-4, 2015.
- Thom Jayne, panel discussant on a session highlighting role of agricultural policies in affecting youth employment trends in Africa, MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works Conference, October 29-30, 2015, Cape Town, South Africa.
- 2nd Annual Regional Agricultural Stakeholders' Conference. Maputo. October 28-29, 2015. Sponsored by Regional Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI).
- Transformação Agraria em Moçambique: Oportunidades, Desafios, e Prioridades. David Tschirley. Maputo. Outubro de 2015.
- Structure et performance de la filière engrais au Mali. Véronique Thériault, Alpha Kergna, Abdramane Traoré, Bino Témé and Melinda Smale. Bamako, Mali. 22 October 2015.
- Système semencier en transition: tendances, défis et opportunités. Steven Haggblade, Boubacar Diallo, Melinda Smale, Lamissa Diakité and Bino Témé. Bamako, Mali. 22 October 2015.
- Transforming African Agriculture: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities. Steven Haggblade. African Development Bank conference “Feeding Africa: An Action Plan for African Agricultural Transformation.” Dakar. October 21, 2015.
- Reassessing the Concept and Measurement of Market Access: Evidence from Zambian Maize Markets. Antony Chapoto and Thom Jayne. 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security 11-14 October 2015, Ithaca, NY, USA.
- Towards A Sustainable Soil Fertility Strategy in Ghana. Report submitted to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Government of Ghana. September 2015.
- Megatrends and the Future of the Agri‐food System in West Africa. Felix K. Yeboah, T.S. Jayne, Lulama N. Traub, Ferdinand Meyer. BMGF’s Convening for Dryland Farming Systems in W. Africa. Dakar, Senegal. September 28, 2015.
- Smallholder farmers’ access to seeds and fertilizer in sub-Saharan Africa. J. Ricker-Gilbert and T. S. Jayne. European Commission Workshop on Local Level Food and Nutrition Security and The Role of Subsistence/Smallholder Farms. Seville, Spain. September 9-10, 2015.
- Agricultural Input Subsidy Programs in Africa: An assessment of recent evidence. T.S. Jayne, Nicole Mason, William J. Burke, Joshua Ariga. World Bank Workshop on “Options for Improving Agricultural Public Expenditures in Africa.” Washington, DC. September 22-23, 2015.
- ReSAKSS Annual Conference. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. September 2, 2015.
- Medium & Large Scale Farming in Tanzania: Highlights from Agric. Sample Census Survey 2007/08. Milu Muyanga & T.S. Jayne. Land Access Study Inception Stakeholders’ Meeting. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. August 24, 2015.
- Triennial International Conference of Agricultural Economists, Milan, Italy. August 8-14, 2015.
- Plenary Session: Changing Global Farm Structure and Agricultural Land Use
- Africa’s Changing Farmland Ownership: The Rise of the Emergent Investor Farmer. T.S. Jayne, Jordan Chamberlin, Lulama Traub, N. Sitko, Milu Muyanga, Felix K. Yeboah, Chewe Nkonde, Ward Anseeuw, A. Chapoto, and Richard Kachule. Presentation.
- The Evolution of Global Farming Land: Facts and Interpretations. Derek D. Headey.
- Institutional Innovation and Policy Support to Facilitate Small-Scale Farming Transformation in China. Jikun Huang and Jiping Ding.
- The Evolving Role Of Large And Middle Size Farms in Brazilian Agriculture. Joaquim Bento de Souza, Ferreira Filho, and Carlos Eduardo de Freitas Vian.
- Plot History, Soil Characteristics and Maize Response to Fertilizer in Kenya. Milu Muyanga & T.S. Jayne.
- Emerging Agricultural Land Issues among Smallholder Farmers in Kenya. Milu Muyanga & T.S. Jayne.
- Enduring Effects of Fertilizer Subsidies on Commercial Fertilizer Demand and Maize Production? Panel Data Evidence from Malawi. J. Ricker-Gilbert and T.S. Jayne.
- Megatrends and the Future of African Food Systems. Lulama N. Traub, Felix K. Yeboah, Ferdinand Meyer, and T. S. Jayne.
- Political Economy Challenges of Input Subsidy Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. T.S. Jayne. Organized Symposium on Strengthening Agricultural Governance in an Interconnected World.
- Farmland Ownership and Rental Markets in Africa.T.S. Jayne, Jordan Chamberlin, Lulama Traub, Milu Muyanga, Felix Yeboah, Ferdi Meyer, Ward Anseeuw.
- Does Government Operations in Staple Food Markets Reduce or Exacerbate Food Price Volatility? Evidence from East and Southern Africa. A. Chapoto and T. S. Jayne. Symposia on Trade shocks, Price Transmission and poverty linkages in African Countries.
- Agricultural & Applied Economics Association and Western Agricultural Economics Association Joint Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, July 26-28, 2015.
- The effects of Kenya’s ‘smarter’ input subsidy program on smallholder behavior and economic well-being: Do different quasi-experimental approaches lead to the same conclusions? Nicole M. Mason, Ayala Wineman, Lilian Kirimi, David Mather.
- Africa’s Changing Farmland Ownership: Causes and Consequences. T.S. Jayne, Jordan Chamberlin, Lulama Traub, N. Sitko, Milu Muyanga, Kwame Yeboah, Chewe Nkonde, Ward Anseeuw, A. Chapoto, and Richard Kachule.
- How Does Gender Affect Sustainable Intensification of Cereal Production in the West African Sahel? Veronique Theriault, Melinda Smale, Hamza Haider.
- Do crop income shocks widen disparities in smallholder agricultural investments? Panel survey evidence from Zambia. Yoko Kusunose, Solomon Tembo, Nicole M. Mason, Melinda Smale.
- Africa’s Changing Farmland Ownership: Causes and Consequences T.S. Jayne, J. Chamberlin, L. Traub, N. Sitko, M. Muyanga, K. Yeboah, C. Nkonde, W. Anseeuw, A. Chapoto, and R. Kachule.
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Research Reports Top
- Agricultural Inputs Policy Under Macroeconomic Uncertainty: Applying The Kaleidoscope Model to Ghana’s Fertilizer Subsidy Programme (2008–2015). Danielle Resnick and David Mather. Research Paper 19. August 2016.
- Micronutrient Policy Change In South Africa:
Implications For The Kaleidoscope Model For Food Security Policy Change. Sheryl L Hendriks, Elizabeth Mkandawire, Nicolette Hall, Nic JJ Olivier,
Hettie C Schönfeldt, Phillip Randall, Stephen Morgan, Nico JJ Olivier,
Steven Haggblade and Suresh C Babu. Research Paper 18. August 2016.
- Analyzing Trends in Herbicide Use in Sub-Saharan Africa. Philip Grabowski and Thom Jayne. IDWP 142. April 2016.
- Drivers of Micronutrient Policy Change in Zambia: An Application of the Kaleidoscope Model. Steven Haggblade, Suresh Babu, Jody Harris, Elizabeth Mkandawire, Dorothy Nthani and Sheryl L. Hendriks. Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Working Paper No.C3-3. February 15, 2016.
- Africa’s Changing Farm Size Distribution Patterns: The Rise Of Medium-Scale Farms. T.S. Jayne, Jordan Chamberlin, Lulama Traub, Nicholas Sitko, Milu Muyanga, Felix K. Yeboah, Ward Anseeuw, Antony Chapoto, Ayala Wineman, Chewe Nkonde, and Richard Kachule. Forthcoming in Agricultural Economics, in press, Vol 47(s), 2016.
- Towards A Sustainable Soil Fertility Strategy in Ghana. Report submitted to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Government of Ghana. September 2015.
- Agricultural Produce Cess In Tanzania: Policy Options For Fiscal Reforms. David Nyange, David Tschirley, Hussein Nassoro and Abeid Gaspar. December 2014.
Tanzania Policy Research Briefs Top
- Agricultural Produce Cess in Tanzania: Policy Options for Fiscal Reforms. Tanzania Policy Research Brief #1. October 2014.
- Stages of Transformation in Food Processing and Marketing: Results of an Initial Inventory of Processed Food Products in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Mwanza. Claire Ijumba, Jason Snyder, David Tschirley, Thomas Reardon. Tanzania Policy Research Brief #3. September 18, 2015.
- Local Response to the Rapid Rise in Demand for Processed and Perishable Foods: Results of an Inventory of Processed Food Products in Dar es Salaam. Jason Snyder, Claire Ijumba, David Tschirley, Thomas Reardon. Tanzania Policy Research Brief #2. May 8, 2015.
Discussion Papers Top
Press Reports Top
- At last, evidence that African agriculture is powering economic transformation. The Conversation. September 25, 2016.
- News articles and TV coverage of the Launch of the 2016 Africa Agriculture Status Report, featuring research findings emanating from FSP, GISAIA and ReNAPRI research activities:
- Channels Nigeria Television Station, "African Countries Make Remarkable Agricultural Productivity Growth"
- Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), "Africa agriculture status report 2016 launched in Kenya"
- Rwanda News Agency, "African countries that embraced agriculture saw food production, GDP and nutrition all improve"
- East Africa Standard, "Only 13 African countries are investing enough in agriculture"
- Alliance for a Green Revolution, "Countries that Embraced Agriculture Saw Food Production, GDP & Nutrition Improve"
- Alliance for a Green Revolution, "New Report Makes a Strong Case for Betting Big on Agriculture in Africa"
- East Africa Standard, "One in five Africans are underfed due to climate impact on farming"
- SINA (China English Language News Agency), "Rising land prices, soil infertility inhibit Africa's agricultural growth"
- Africa Agriculture Status Report 2016. Progress towards Agricultural Transformation in Africa. Released on September 6, 2016 by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
- Africa’s real land grab. Never mind foreign interlopers. African urbanites are scooping up more land. The Economist. July 23 2016.
- Uniting researchers and journalists to bring about positive change. University of Pretoria, News. 19 May 2016.
- MSU lands $1.8M USAID award to boost African Great Lakes’ coffee industry. Published: Sept. 30, 2015.
- Announcing New USAID Initiative to Support Agricultural Policy. Malawi Strategy Support Program Newsletter. January 2015.
- WATCH: Future Investments to Address Food Security at Scale. USAID’s Jeanne Downing interview with Thom Jayne. Agrilinks. Dec. 18, 2014.
- African governments should fund agricultural research. Moses Hategeka. Africa Review. 10 December 2014.
- Harmonizing agriculture, trade policies and research sharing key in Africa’s development. Moses Hategeka. New Vision. 04 December 2014.
- Boosting Agriculture Through Collaboration. Moses Hategeka. The African Executive. 03 December 2014
- MITV - Myanmar International Television. “Food Security: NGO Roles In Policy Making.” 11 December 2014
- Mizzima Burmese. “News in Burmese on seminar on "Role of Food security Networks in the Policy Process: Lessons from Developing Countries." 10 December 2014.
- Haggblade, Steven, Kwaku G. Duodu, John D. Kabasa, Amanda Minnaar, Nelson K. O. Ojijo, and John R. N. Taylor. Emerging Early Actions to Bend the Curve in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Nutrition Transition. Food and Nutrition Bulletin 1-23. 2016.
- Megan Sheahan, Joshua Ariga, T.S. Jayne. Modeling the Effects of Input Market Reforms on Fertilizer Demand and Maize Production: A Case Study from Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Economics. November 2015.
- Foreign Affairs, special edition on African Farmers in the Digital Age: How Digital Solutions Can Enable Rural Development, February 2016.
- Adjognon, S., S. Liverpool-Tasie, and T. Reardon. Forthcoming (2016). Challenging Conventional Wisdom about Farm Input Credit in Sub-Saharan Africa. Chapter in book, Christiaensen, L. and L. Demery, eds., 2016, Agriculture In Africa - Telling Facts from Myths, World Bank: Washington D.C
- Reardon, T., D. Tschirley, B. Minten, S. Haggblade, S. Liverpool-Tasie, M. Dolislager, J. Snyder, C. Ijumba. Transformation of African Agrifood Systems in the New Era of Rapid Urbanization and the Emergence of a Middle Class. Chapter in the Proceedings Volume of the ReSAKSS Annual Conference, “Beyond a Middle Income Africa,” Trends and Outlook Report Conference held in Addis Ababa, September 1-3, 2015. Final version.
- T. Reardon. 2015. “The hidden middle: the quiet revolution in the midstream of agrifood value chains in developing countries,” Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 31(1): 45-63, doi:10.1093/oxrep/grv011
- Tschirley, D., J. Snyder, M. Dolislager, T. Reardon, S. Haggblade, J. Goeb, L. Traub, F. Ejobi, F. Meyer. Africa’s Unfolding Diet Transformation: Implications for Agrifood System Employment. Journal Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies. September, 2015.
- Tschirley, David, Thomas Reardon, Michael Dolislager, and Jason Snyder. The Rise of a Middle Class in East and Southern Africa: Implications for Food System Transformation. Journal of International Development. May, 2015.
- Megatrends and the Future of African Economies. Lulama Traub, Felix K. Yeboah, Ferdinand Meyer, and Thomas S. Jayne. Chapter 3 in the 2015 ReSAKSS Annual Trends and Outlook Report, Beyond A Middle Income Africa: Transforming African Economies for Sustained Growth with Rising Employment and Incomes. Edited by Ousmane Badiane and Tsitsi Makombe. ReSAKSS, Addis Ababa. 2014.
- Tschirley, D., T. Reardon, M. Dolislager, and J. Snyder. 2014. The rise of a middle class in East and Southern Africa: Implications for food system transformation. Helsinki: WIDER (World Institute for Development Economics Research, www.wider.unu.org ) Working Paper 2014/119.
- Haggblade, Steven, Duncan Boughton, Khin Mar Cho, Glenn Denning, Renate Kloeppinger-Todd, Zaw 00, Tun Min Sandar, Tin Maung Than, Naw Eh Mwee Aye Wai， Shannon Wilson, Ngu Wah Win, and Larry C. Y. Wong. 2014. Strategic Choices Shaping Agricultural Performance and Food Security in Myanmar. Journal of International Affairs. Spring/Summer 2014, Vol. 67, No. 2.
- Jayne, T.S., Milu Muyanga, Jordan Chamberlin, and Chance Kabaghe. 2014. Land Scarcity and African Agriculture: Implications for Food Security and Poverty Reduction Strategies. In The State of the African Farmer, Heifer International. Pages 34-41.
- Reardon, T. and C.P. Timmer. 2014. Five Inter-Linked Transformations in the Asian Agrifood Economy: Food Security Implications, Global Food Security 3(2). 15 May 2014.
- Reardon, T., KZ Chen, B. Minten, L. Adriano, TA Dao, J. Wang, S. Das Gupta. 2014. The Quiet Revolution in Asia’s Rice Value Chains. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, April 2014.
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