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Policy: Creating Conditions for Smallholder Success

Our work on policy aims to improve the enabling environment for smallholder farming and related businesses. Through applied policy-oriented research in agriculture, we put forward options and recommendations for improving policies, laws, and regulations as well as their implementation. We also strive to strengthen policy analytical capacity of stakeholders in Africa and Asia.

Our policy influencing is currently mainly through the dissemination of our papers and knowledge, and organizing workshops and meetings with policymakers and other relevant stakeholders. We will play a greater role in policy advocacy and influencing going forward. Our aim is to facilitate change and the development of new areas of policy, in order to tackle unmet needs and opportunities around smallholder farming.

At the Foundation, we are engaged in a few selected areas of research. Our current portfolio includes seed policy and regional harmonization, agricultural subsidies, food safety standards, and traceability, mechanization, insurance policy and regulation, and innovation studies.

The policy supports SFSA’s main work streams: Seeds2B, Agriservices and Risk Management. Meanwhile, we increasingly explore topics fundamental across the Foundation as a whole such as youth, climate change, nutrition, market systems, and digital innovation, all in the realm of sustainable agriculture.

Please contact Yuan Zhou ([email protected]), Head of Agricultural Policy and China Program for more information.


Our team  

Yuan Zhou
Yuan Zhou 
Head of Agricultural Policy and China Program

Marnie Pannatier
Program manager, Agriservices & Policy Analysis