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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 the 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, climate-smart resilient agriculture,  insurance policy and regulation, and innovation studies.

The policy team 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.

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SFSA Policy Watch

Our Policy team has developed a regular SFSA Policy Watch to help our teams and partners navigate COVID-19 news and food policy updates related to smallholder agriculture. Our objectives are to help synthesize information and insights; create an opportunity for learning and sharing across global and countries of interest, and assist in developing policy recommendations.

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Our team  

Yuan Zhou
Yuan Zhou 
Head of Agricultural Policy and China Program

Alva Kretschmer 
Policy Program Manager