REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS : Impact Evaluation Study for the AGRA Soil Health Program (SHP)

When AGRA was started in 2006, and in the first ten years, its vision and goals were pursued through four main programmatic areas of Program for Africa’s Seed Systems (PASS), Soil Health Program (SHP), Market Access and Policy and Partnerships. Other areas such as farmer based organizations, access to finance, extension, and gender were also incorporated into AGRA’s implementation strategy.

The Soil Health Program (SHP) was launched in August 2008 to increase incomes, improve food security and reduce household poverty by promoting the use and adoption of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) practices among smallholder farmers and creating an enabling environment for farmers to adopt the practices in an efficient, equitable and sustainable manner across sub Saharan Africa. The Program had the following objectives:

(i) To create physical and financial access to appropriate fertilizers for about 4.1m smallholder farmers in an efficient, equitable and sustainable manner;

(ii) To improve access to locally appropriate ISFM knowledge, agronomic practices and technology packages, for around 4.1 m smallholder farmers in an efficient, equitable and sustainable manner;

(iii) To influence a national policy environment for investment in fertilizer and ISFM.

The first phase of SHP ended in December 2015 and a No-Cost Extension (NCE) was granted up to September 30, 2019 to manage the tail end of the program.

To date, SHP has invested in 143 projects through three thematic sub-programs: (i) ISFM Technology scale-out; (ii) Fertilizer supply and policy, and (iii) Training and Education in 13 countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia).

In 2011, SHP set out 15 key milestones to achieve by the end of the Program’s normal phase which was in December 2015. During the NCE period (2016 to September 2019) we continued tracking the same targets and Table 1, below summarizes the Program’s achievements since the baseline year in 2009.

AGRA intends to commission an independent end of program impact study to determine the impacts of the Program which will mainly focus on outcomes and medium-term impacts of the program interventions.  Download detailed Request for Proposals