Highlights and Achievements of ReSAKSS-SA in 2013 and plans for 2014

Thokozani Dlamini –Communications Officer- International Water Management Institute Southern Africa had an interview with Dr Greenwell Collins Matchaya, ReSAKSS-SA coordinator and asked him about highlights and achievements for ReSAKSS-SA in 2013 and their plans as they embark on 2014. This is how the story unfolded during a fifteen minutes interview.

Stakeholder Workshop to Validate the Capacity Needs Assessment Report for the Establishment of Kenya Country SAKSS

ReSAKSS-ECA in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya organized a stakeholder workshop to validate the Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA) Report for the establishment of the Kenya Country SAKSS. The meeting was held at Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday 13th February 2014. Participants were drawn from State Department of Agriculture, State Department of Livestock, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, University of Nairobi, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis and ReSAKKS-ECA.

New Website Tracks and Maps Agriculture Investments in Africa: USAID invested in the website to promote food security efforts

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) invested $400,000 in AgInvest Africa, a new web portal ( to track and map agriculture projects and programs. The portal will provide information that supports planning, decision making and monitoring and evaluation of agriculture and food security efforts in Africa. This will help facilitate partnerships, inform discussions on coordination and alignment of investments, inform advocacy and influence policy. The web portal was developed by the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System for Eastern and Central Africa (ReSAKSS-ECA), based at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

ReSAKSS-SA hosted a workshop in Lusaka, Zambia

The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System for Southern Africa (Re-SAKSS-SA), facilitated by the Southern Africa Office of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI-SA), in collaboration with the Zambia Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Policy and Planning Department (MAL DDP) hosted a one and half day’s workshop in Lusaka, Zambia, on December 17 – 18, 2013. The workshop was aimed at (i) launching the M&E Data collection tool which was developed by ReSAKSS-SA team in consultation with relevant stakeholders in Zambia, (ii) present Capacity Needs Assessment for SAKSS report developed by RuralNet and (iii) present a draft of the Annual Trends and Outlook Report of Ag-sector performance in Zambia from 2000 – 2012, which was presented by Mr Auckland Kuteya of Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute.

IGAD joins ReSAKSS-ECA Steering Committee

We are pleasured to announce that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) joins the Steering Committee of the Regional Strategic and Knowledge Support System for Eastern and Central Africa (ReSAKSS-ECA). It will provide political and strategic guidance to the ReSAKSS-ECA nodes; review and make recommendations on work plans and activities; and guide and support the building of strategic partnerships and collaborations to enhance effective implementation of ReSAKSS agenda, leverage resources and share lessons.

Recent evidence on input subsidy programs in Africa: Highlights from a special issue of Agricultural Economics

Input Subsidy Programs (ISPs) have made a big comeback in Africa. Introduced by donors in the early 1970s, ISPs were meant to help smallholder farmers invest in fertilizer and improved seed varieties, overcome limited access to input markets, and ultimately increase crop production. The programs were poorly managed, however, and were largely eliminated in the 1980s and early 1990s under structural adjustment programs. They resurfaced in the mid-2000s and on a much grander scale.