November 26, 2019 - A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference to discuss how policies that provide agricultural inputs and advisory services can increase maize production in Benin by more than 24%.
Around 50 policymakers, academics and other stakeholders attended the event. The PEP research team presented the findings and recommendations from their project investigating the Impact of innovative models of agricultural support on household resilience and food security in Benin (in French).
The researchers called for policies to ensure that farmers can purchase agricultural inputs when they are needed including
- Providing financial help and making the inputs available close to the farmers
- Increasing the number of advisory agents specialized in maize production
Director-General of National Development Policy Planning committed to using the team’s evidence to improve new policy design at the Ministry of Planning and Development, while the Director of Policy Planning at the Ministry of Agriculture expressed the wish to obtain similar evidence for other crops.
The Assistant Secretary-General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries was impressed by the team’s results and was interested to find out more.
The research team organized the event with financial and advisory support from PEP. The conference was hosted at the Institut National des Recherches Agricoles du Bénin (INRAB).