USAID Enhancing Growth through Regional Agricultural Input Systems
EnGRAIS aims to increase the availability and use of fertilizers that are appropriate and affordable for smallholder farmers in West Africa.
The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s West Africa Regional Mission (USAID/WA). 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.
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.
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 EnGRAIS’ predecessor, the West Africa Fertilizer Program (WAFP). 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.
Providing Input Packages and Recommendations
In cooperation with CORAF, 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, 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.