Policy Brief Series

Explores the role and impact of the AgBEE on a specific component of the agricultural sector, supplying guidance to donors and policymakers on how to improve the enabling environment to foster economic growth. Past policy brief topics include: Seed, Fertilizer, Commodity Exchanges, and Women in Cross-Border Agricultural Trade.


    • Building an Enabling Environment for Contract Farming Success

      The EAT project developed a policy brief to explore contract farming, the practice of growing agricultural products under forward contract. The brief specifically explores the role of government in building an enabling environment for successful and sustainable contract farming arrangements. It recommends to policy makers that government policies and actions in support of contract farming should promote a clear and predictable contractual environment that encourages the development of market-driven contracts between well-informed parties with an eye towards the long-term sustainability and viability of these commercial relationships.

    • Building an Enabling Environment for Agricultural Technology Commercialization

      The EAT project, in collaboration with Purdue University, developed a policy brief that informs policymakers about the conditions necessary to bridge the gap between agricultural technology innovation and uptake. The brief focuses exclusively on the enabling environment for the distribution and utilization of agricultural technologies supported by the public sector in developing countries. It offers the reader simple guidelines for improving private-sector-led commercialization activities based on existing literature, general consensus, and best practices from around the world.

    • Increasing Opportunities for Women in Cross-Border Agricultural Trade

      The EAT project, in collaboration with Cultural Practice LLC, developed a policy brief that explores the unique challenges faced by women in cross-border agricultural trade. Increasing opportunities for formal cross-border agricultural trade by women has the potential to generate economic growth and increase food security while reducing poverty among vulnerable households. The brief presents both guiding principles and concrete strategies for donors and policymakers seeking to integrate gender considerations into trade reform activities.

    • Building an Enabling Environment for Fertilizer Sector Growth

      The EAT project, in partnership with the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), developed a policy brief that informs policymakers and donors about the conditions necessary to enable the development of a vibrant, private sector-led fertilizer industry. The brief outlines specific policy reforms that governments can undertake and provides examples of effective policy approaches from around the globe.

    • Building an Enabling Environment for Functioning Commodity Exchanges

      The EAT project, in partnership with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, developed a policy brief meant to inform policymakers and donors about conditions necessary for the operation of an effective commodity exchange in a given country.

    • Enabling a Private Sector-Led Seed Industry

      The EAT Project partnered with Iowa State University's Seed Science Center to produce a brief that informs policymakers and donors interested in agricultural sector reform about a key pillar of agricultural growth -- seeds. The brief outlines a series of reforms that governments can undertake to enable a more vibrant seed sector, and provides examples of effective reform activities.

    • Zambia AMIC

      The EAT project, in collaboration with MSU Food Security Research Project, supported USAID and the Government of Zambia by developing an implementation strategy for reform of Zambia's maize marketing policy, including provisions for the fledgling commodity exchange and price information system.