Why is this Important?

  • A supportive and enabling policy environment and public participation that will stimulate innovation, technology uptake and agribusiness is critical if agriculture is to make meaningful difference to the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa.

Innovation and technology can play a major role if African countries are to realise their potential in agriculture. Farmers in SSA have generally shown willingness to adopt innovative technologies particularly those that enable them to overcome their existing constraints. However, there are new technologies with the potential to drive transformation in the sector that have not reached farmers due to a lack of enabling policy, legal and regulatory environments that promote innovation.

It is vital to create these enabling environments by giving policymakers the information they need to make informed decisions about the regulation of agricultural technology, and to help them to formulate regulations and support structures that promote innovation. Countries that are able to create conducive climates for innovation and business growth will be able to attract investment and drive the development of their agriculture sectors and their wider economies.

Our Contribution


  • Given our belief that innovative agricultural technologies can positively impact the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa, we proactively address policy and regulatory obstacles to technology access for all stakeholders across the food value chain from research, production, processing through to market linkages.

  • Our interventions touch on all aspects of innovation, including support for intellectual property rights, policy advocacy, regulatory management, technology stewardship, communications and public affairs and the actual deployment of products to end users – the farmers.

  • We build support for availability and adoption of agricultural innovation at all levels of political leadership and farming communities by aligning with African institutions as well as governments and non-state actors to champion the creation of functional policy and regulatory environments. We promote dialogue on science, technology and innovation including education and awareness building so that all stakeholders can make informed decisions about new technologies. We strengthen capacity of institutions and individuals to equip them with the knowledge they need to effectively carry out their work along the area of policy, legal and regulatory environment.

An enabling policy and regulatory environment refers to sets of policies, institutions, support services, processes, capacities and other conditions that improve or create a setting where agricultural sector players including enterprises, can start, develop and thrive.

Given our belief that innovative agricultural technologies can positively impact the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa, we proactively address policy and regulatory obstacles to technology access and delivery across the food value chain from research, production, processing through to market linkages.

We mainstream into our projects complementary enabling functions that include intellectual property rights, policy advocacy, regulatory support, technology stewardship, communications and issue management, product deployment and seed systems.

A conducive environment contributes to efficient and effective country and continent-wide economic growth. Countries that create conducive business climates employ sound policies, institutions and services to promote investment, attract capital and engender economic growth.

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