Policy Briefs

2017

Policy Brief Gender Roles Social Equity and PHM Policies

Agriculture is a major source of livelihoods for the rural populations of Sub Saharan Africa. It accounts for over 20 % of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) (AfDB, 2014).

2016

South Africa FANRPAN Policy Brief

South African agriculture has undergone substantial structural transformations especially after the establishment of the Union Government in 1910, the promulgation of the Natives Land Act of 1913 and subsequent legislation meant to benefit white commercial farming at the expense of their black counterparts.

Malawi FANRPAN Policy Brief

Crop production is the main stay for more than 70 percent of Malawians. Unfortunately, because of high dependence on rainfall, many farming families barely meet their daily food and nutritional requirements. Climate related risks to crop production in Malawi include the late onset of planting rains, uneven rainfall distribution, dry spells and drought, strong winds, hail storms and floods.

Madagascar FANRPAN Policy Brief

L'agriculture est la principale source de revenus de la majorité des Malgaches. Le riz constitue la principale culture de base, occupant environ les deux tiers de l’ensemble des terres cultivables. Le riz, le maïs et le manioc constituent les aliments de base. En raison des sécheresses persistantes à Madagascar, les rendements de production restent faibles.

Zimbabwe FANRPAN Policy Brief

Agriculture in Zimbabwean is now predominantly driven by smallholder farmers. 90% of the farming land is in the hands of smallholder farmers practicing mixed crops and livestock production systems. Approximately, 20% of the total area in the country lies in high rainfall regions of between 700-1050 mm/year, where the potential for rain-fed agriculture is high.

2015

2014

Developing Capacities and Opportunities for Youth Engagement in the Agricultural Value Chain and Transformation

Young people have the potential to make significant contributions to agricultural development at various levels, broadly defined here as the agricultural value chain.

2013

Appropriate Climate Smart Technologies for Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nearly 70 per cent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) live in rural areas and rely mainly on agriculture for livelihood security.

2012

Policy Brief: Volume 1, Issue 1, March 2012

Since 2002, the government has been implementing a farmer input subsidy known as the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) which involves distribution of subsidized fertilizer and seed to smallholder farmers.

Policy Brief Series: Issue no. 2, Volume XII, April 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa has the world's youngest population and is home to over 200 million young people.

Policy Brief Series: Issue no. 1, Volume XII, January 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has a unique population profile, with 44% of its population under the age of 15 in 2006, making it the youngest region of the world. Agriculture employs 65% of Africa's labour force and accounts for 32% of gross domestic product.

2011

Policy Brief Series. Issue no. 1, Volume XI, March 2011 Seeds Without Borders

It is the objective of this policy brief to review, reflect and discuss the challenges from the perspectives of technological, organizational, institutional, regulatory, and policy frameworks within the variety development-seed production-seed use continuum.

Policy Brief Series: Issue no. 2, Volume XI, October 2011

Young people have the potential to make significant contributions to agricultural development at various levels, broadly defined here as the agricultural value chain.

2010

2009

Policy Brief - September 2009

The performance of the agricultural sector has always been crucial to achieving economic growth. An evidence based account of agriculture’s contribution to economic growth can be deduced from improved macroeconomic performance of Malawi after the bumper harvests in years between 2006 and 2009.

Policy Brief - December 2009

Effective targeting of interventions is a challenge in development programmes. However, the need to be accountable and demonstrate impact has become critical, and is gradually forcing development practitioners implementing livelihood security programmes to change their operational regimes.

2008

Policy Brief - December 2008

Emerging from the worst harvest in a decade, the Government of Malawi implemented one of the most ambitious and successful assaults on hunger in the history of the African continent. Through a national input subsidy program, coinciding with better rainfall conditions, maize production doubled in 2006 and almost tripled in 2007 and 2008.

2007

FANRPAN Policy Brief Series 02/07

Status of Plant Variety Protection (PVP) in the SADC Region 

FANRPAN Policy Brief Series 11/07

The potential of using an input voucher system to integrate the commercial and non-commercial input distribution systems in the Southern African Development Community 

2005

HIV and AIDS regional study policy brief 6/2005: Impact of HIV and AIDS on agriculture and food security in Zambia
About 70% of SADC citizens derive their household food security from crops and livestock.
'Vulnerable yet, Viable': Social protection policies for households affected by HIV and AIDS

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, wid

HIV and AIDS regional study policy brief 2/2005: Impact of HIV and AIDS on agriculture and food security in Lesotho
About 70% of SADC citizens derive their household food security from crops and livestock.
HIV and AIDS regional study policy brief 7/2005: Impact of HIV and AIDS on agriculture and food security in Zimbabwe
About 70 percent of SADC citizens derive their household food security from crops and livestock.
HIV and AIDS regional study policy brief 3/2005: Impact study on effects of HIV and AIDS on agriculture in Namibia
About 70% of SADC citizens derive their household food security from crops and livestock.
HIV and AIDS regional study policy brief 4/2005: Impact of HIV and AIDS on agriculture and food security in South Africa
About 70% of SADC citizens derive their household food security from crops and livestock.
FANRPAN/IITA conducts an assessment and prioritization of constraints to agricultural trade and rural economy diversification

In June 2004, FANRPAN conducted rural livelihoods studies in four countries, namely Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique and held deliberations at a Regional High Level Policy Dialogue in Maputo, 19 - 20 August 2004, to assess and prioritize agricultural policy constraints to regional trad

HIV and AIDS regional study policy brief 5/2005: Impact of HIV and AIDS on agriculture and food security in Swaziland
About 70% of SADC citizens derive their household food security from crops and livestock.
HIV and AIDS regional study policy brief 1/2005: Impact study on the effects of HIV and AIDS on agriculture in Botswana
About 70% of SADC citizens derive their household food security from crops and livestock.

2004

FANRPAN Policy brief No. 1: Agricultural biotechnology and biosafety in the SADC region
This brief is based on two papers prepared for the regional policy dialogue on Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Security in Southern Africa convened by FANRPAN and the International Food Policy Research

2003

FANRPAN Policy brief No. 2: The poultry sub-sector in Mauritius

The last decades have seen marked changes in food habits of the Mauritian people as disposable incomes of average families have been on a sustained increase.