Policy Change

Information and knowledge generated during the implementation of development projects should represent a valuable and timely source of evidence for improved policy, strategy and practice.

It can variously provide decision-makers with new insights, ‘real-life’ experience from the field, demonstrable evidence and confidence about the viability of an alternative approach or approaches, and the generation of viable solutions to specific problems. This is step goes beyond the more traditional Conventional Knowledge management (KM) which is the systematic process of creating, identifying, storing, sharing and applying knowledge to a more ‘change’ focus whereby information used to actually force a change to given situation.

SAMP has identified several key policy areas for KIU, these are;

  1. Restrictive seed certification process – What are the barriers to entry for small scale ‘community based seed enterprises’, and how can these be reduced?
  2. Contract Farming and Rural Investment – What are the main problem areas for these and what policy instruments can be used to make these more effective?
  3. Government Extension Service and Private Sector integration – Are there potential mutual benefits?
  4. Improving market conditions to strengthen input and output markets for small holder farmers – what are the key restrictions on these markets and can these be reduced
  5. Out for the SAMP experience – Potential for scaling up to other surrounding areas?

SAMP will be using a variety of ‘tactics’ to bring about policy changes which can improve small holder agricultural markets. These include policy briefings and lobbying events through formal and informal forums.