Correctly applied pesticides and fertilizers can significantly increase yields. But many smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are reluctant to invest in these inputs out of concern that they' will receive ineffective counterfeits. In the worst case scenarios, buying counterfeits means they have wasted limited financial resources and learned not to trust claims that inputs can really improve their yields.
In Uganda, after an initial pilot showed that an e-verification service could help farmers as well as legitimate input manufacturers, the USAID/Uganda Feed the Future Agricultural Inputs Activity began facilitating the development of a public-private e-verification service. The service—a partnership between a private firm and the government of Uganda—is gearing up to launch before the next planting season agricultural season.
Join us to hear Monitor Deloitte's analysis of the problem and how USAID and its implementing partner have facilitated a true public-private partnership. We will also discuss how IFPRI has set up a way to evaluate the service as it rolls out.
USAID Bureau for Food Security
USAID Bureau for Economic Growth Education and Environment