P Annequin CIRAD 2010

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P Annequin CIRAD 2010

  1. 1. Agro input MIS g p in SSA Past, Present P t - and Future ? Agricultural Market Information Systems in Africa : renewal and impact 29- 29-31 march 2010, Montpellier Patrice P t i ANNEQUIN Challenge # 1 MIS Specialist www.ifdc.org
  2. 2. International Fertilizer Development Center Established in 1974 during world food & oil crisis | green revolution A non-profit International Public Organization O i ti >700 professionals in 22 countries Core competencies Fertilizer & Soil fertility management Agro inputs market development g p p Linking farmers to markets Capacity and association building Objective : from 8 to 50 kg/ha Policy f P li reforms Challenge # 2 Ch ll www.ifdc.org
  3. 3. In the business for more than 25 years Client‐ Client‐ web2.0   mobile server PC Internet Mini‐ Mini‐computers p Chris Thomas 1970 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 IFDC is IFDC AFTMIN AFAMIN TRADENET AI MIS created Africa Specialized Sectors Fertilizers Agro inputs Commodities Agro inputs Agro Input Targets Gov’ts All All All Market Coverage Africa West Africa West Africa Africa x 4 Information Tools Newsletters Web Web | mobile Web | mobile Systems ICT Home made Home made Outsourced Outsourced www.ifdc.org
  4. 4. Specific challenges for AI MIS A different animal A risky business Multiplicity of agro inputs No pre- i ti N pre-existing AI MIS • Kenya top 12 A.I. = 132 brands • Only pieces of larger MIS Limited market actors • Methodologies ? • 10s producers & importers • Deployment models ? • Thousand(s) of input traders Very few if no data • Millions of farmers Seasonal business S lb i Markets need definitely Poorly organized sector more than prices ! • Trade, production, use stats Often not fully liberalized • Directories, catalogues • Regulations, grades, policies g ,g ,p www.ifdc.org
  5. 5. Our business model Pre- Pre-conditions for Roles & (possible) success responsibilities Active agro dealers 1. Private sector : using & association involved supplying info | data (or existing MIS – usually at cost …) 2. REC / public sector : policy framework Liberalized markets 3. Donors : initial Predictable and investments supportive policies 4. ICT services : tools, , Sufficient S fficient market si e size tech support & models & # of market players 5. Projects : capacity & partnership building t hi b ildi www.ifdc.org
  6. 6. How we tapped into opportunities Enabling environment IFDC capacities Agricultural productivity Product knowledge • CAADP / NEPAD • Tech of agro inputs Since 2007, fertilizers on • Business top of agenda • Policies • Africa Fertilizer Summit MIS experience Donors willing and able • MIS from concept to deployment • AGRA, USAID, DGIS • Methodologies The agro input package • IT, DB management IT • Seed + Fert + (CPP) Partners’ support Multiple capacity devpt • Political / policies (REC) projects for agro dealers • Industry www.ifdc.org
  7. 7. Linking global to local AI MIS Int’l prod & trade stats Africa Union maintain Portal Monthly int’l prices on NEPAD / CAADP Directories Fertilizer Fertilizer industry in Africa Policies | regulations maintain i t i Directories | catalogues REC (e.g. COMESA) News | publications Regional MIS Regional MIS Fertilizers Trade & production stats Seed + Pesticides Regional programmes Monthly local prices Agro dealers assn’s promote Bids UNADA National MIS Business profiles agri inputs Country projects Communication Input Traders train Farmers & FBOs www.ifdc.org
  8. 8. Do we have the right approach ? Mark Davies’ IFDC Agro Input MIS approach & 10 misconceptions on MIS implementation strategy MIS is a public good Joint public + private + projects from day 1 We know what we want Yes (contents) and somewhat (technologies) We know what they want More (contents) or less (delivery channels) We can build our own IT 100% outsourced / links / partnerships only The data is there No – mapping, closing gaps (projects, CAADP) Build it and they will come Partnerships, endorsements, capacity building We can pilot it Deployed with REC and reg’l/int’l associations We can measure impact Yes for macro indicators (Abuja Declaration) Someone will sustain it Yes (in principle) – part of larger policies + pgms They can access it on the web Multiple points of entry / output / participation www.ifdc.org
  9. 9. www.amitsa.org www.aissa.org www.esoko.com k www.ifdc.org

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