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Input Markets

Grappling with compounding crises in domestic fertilizer markets in Africa: The case of Ethiopia

Jan 23rd, 2024 • by KIBROM A. ABAY, THOMAS W. ASSEFA, GUUSH BERHANE, GASHAW T. ABATE, AND CHARLOTTE HEBEBRAND

Global fertilizer markets experienced significant price surges beginning in 2020 and through 2022 due to a combination of factors, including higher natural gas prices, supply chain disruptions triggered by COVID-19, trade disruptions due to the Russia-Ukraine war, and export restrictions. Although parallel increases in international agricultural commodity prices may have cushioned these price shocks, insufficient availability and affordability of fertilizers are likely to have affected yield and profitability of smallholder production systems.

How is Kenya’s National Fertilizer Subsidy Program working?

Dec 28th, 2023 • by HAILEMARIAM AYALEW, JOSEPH KARUGIA, JOHN OLWANDE, AND CLEMENS BREISINGER

The Kenyan National Fertilizer Subsidy Program (NFSP), implemented during the short rainy season in September 2022, has emerged as a pivotal policy in the government’s efforts to expand food production and mitigate soaring food prices.

Market System Development Interventions Prove Effective in Improving Agricultural Productivity in Mozambique

Dec 5th, 2022 • by S. Gustafson

An innovative market system development (MSD) intervention in Mozambique has helped increase use of agricultural inputs and access to critical market information among smallholder farmers, according to a new policy brief released by IFPRI. These results extended beyond the direct beneficiaries as well, highlighting the potential for such interventions to provide wide-ranging benefits.  

How will Russia’s invasion of Ukraine affect global food security?

Feb 25th, 2022 • by Joseph Glauber and David Laborde

The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has roiled commodity markets and threatens global food security. Ongoing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors have already driven up food prices. Poor harvests in South America, strong global demand, and supply chain issues have reduced grain and oilseed inventories and driven prices to their highest levels since 2011-2013.

Location, Location, Location: How Spatial Distribution Impacts Market Access

Feb 15th, 2022 • by S. Gustafson

In countries across Africa south of the Sahara (SSA), agricultural value chains often rely on agro-dealers—small-scale local distributors—to help bridge the gap between input firms and farmers. Agro-dealers can thus form an important node of the value chain, providing access to critical inputs like seeds, inorganic fertilizers, and new agricultural technologies that can help increase productivity and improve food security.