A donor-funded trade enhancement and agriculture promotion programme working with the private sector, public institutions and non-profit organisations needed to understand the prevailing policy and political environment around certain non-tariff barriers that currently limit the free movement of grains, staples and seeds in Eastern and Southern Africa in order to seek their removal and strengthen food security in the region.
Africa Practice conducted in-depth political economy and sector analysis to develop a deep understanding of the policy and political dynamics. We then developed and executed a policy advocacy campaign, complemented by focused capacity-building interventions to raise visibility of the programme with key stakeholders.
Our client’s recommendations were reflected in the design of key agricultural policies, including a Warehouse Receipts Systems Bill. We created a strategic partnership opportunity for the client’s flagship trading platform with a national Securities Exchange and developed a soy business case to stimulate the soy value chain and raise awareness of the sector’s potential impact on agriculture and the wider economy. We established policy advisory forums in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia to share guidance and support for stakeholders in advancing their own policy advocacy and we built a strong thought leadership position for the client, which is now regularly sought out for commentary as an influencer on these issues.