Sub-Saharan Africa was largely outside the "green" seed and fertilizer that swept through most countries from the 1960's to 2000's. In 2009, farmers in the sub-Saharan Africa region used an average of 13 kg/hectare of fertilizer versus 97 kg/hectare in other developing countries. Mozambique is no exception to this standard: at the national level, most maize producers do not use fertilizers and yields with less than 1 ton per hectare. The program of the International Development Fertilizers in Mozambique identified a difference of 2-3 tons /hectare of income between what is possible with existing technologies and what farmers really achieve.
This presentation is based on the AMA Innovation Lab projects for the Long-term Impacts of a Temporary Agricultural Input Subsidy in Mozambique. This workshop will present the results of an ambitious 5-year study that has tackling the question whether temporary subsidies can permanently boost input use and crop yields.
This presentation took place in Maputo, Mozambique on September 15, 2014. This presentation is translated from Portuguese.