Feed the Future EnGRAIS
Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) project for West Africa
Feed the Future EnGRAIS aims to increase the availability and use of fertilizers that are appropriate and affordable for smallholder farmers in West Africa.
The Feed the Future Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems (EnGRAIS) project for West Africa is one of the many assistance programs supported by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Project partners include the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA), and other relevant private sector organizations.
Feed the Future EnGRAIS (2018-2022) works with African-led institutions to develop well-functioning private sector-led fertilizer markets at regional and national levels through, among other things, support to private sector associations like WAFA. Such markets will ensure the supply of quality fertilizer at affordable prices so they can be accessed by farmers.
Strengthening the West Africa Fertilizer Market
The project seeks to promote a competitive, inclusive, and private sector-led, regional fertilizer market. This will be strengthened through increasing the management capacity and sustainability of WAFA and other relevant regional private sector organizations/associations and industry actors collaborating through multi-stakeholder platforms to improve supply chain efficiency and improve fertilizer affordability.
Providing Input Packages and Recommendations
In cooperation with CORAF, Feed the Future EnGRAIS will provide regional and national decision makers with critical input packages, including fertilizer and seeds, recommendations, and delivery strategies to ensure that these inputs are adopted and effective in improving agricultural productivity in the sub-region. In addition, Feed the Future EnGRAIS includes a mechanism for USAID bilateral missions, if they choose, to buy into the project to enable it to directly support additional development and facilitation of the inputs sector in their respective countries.
Facilitating Implementation of Fertilizer Regulations
The project will facilitate the development of an enabling policy environment that applies the regional fertilizer regulations and standards that ECOWAS Member States largely adopted under Feed the Future EnGRAIS’ predecessor, the West Africa Fertilizer Program (WAFP). Feed the Future EnGRAIS also will promote the use of the fertilizer subsidy guidance developed under WAFP to reform national-level fertilizer subsidy programs and to stimulate commercial activity and investment in the sector.
Mobilizing and Engaging Key Stakeholders
Mobilizing commitment and harmonizing engagement from key stakeholders across West Africa supported by mission buy-ins that fund related activities, including development/strengthening of fertilizer business associations and agro-dealer networks, development and marketing/implementation of improved fertilizers and fertilizer application technologies, harmonization with and implementation of regional fertilizer regulation and reform of fertilizer subsidy programs to conform with regional guidance, in individual countries.
News and Stories
Towards the Development and Diffusion of Agricultural Input Packages in West Africa: Strategy Workshop held in Burkina Faso
WAFA Increases Visibility Among Actors in the Fertilizer Sector, Positioned as the Voice of the Industry in West Africa
Feed the Future Engrais Project
Feed the Future EnGRAIS Project