May 4, 2016 marked a major milestone for the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) as the Ugandan Cabinet approved its National Fertilizer Policy, along with a strategy and investment plan
This is the first policy that EPRC has substantially informed using its own research findings. The Centre was highly involved in supporting the entire five year process, from policy formulation through to approval by Cabinet. The policy development process was initiated in 2010, when EPRC presented evidence that agricultural yields in Uganda could be improved through the use of fertilizers, which infuse severely depleted soils with necessary nutrients.
EPRC’s strong case for fertilizer use inspired the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to finance a project that would support the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) throughout the policy formulation and approval process.
Through public and nationwide consultative events, and strong policy linkages, MAAIF and EPRC constructively engaged policy actors in the development and eventual endorsement of the National Fertilizer Policy and strategy, along with its regulations, which will guide and promote the use of fertilizers by Ugandan farmers.
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EPRC is one of 43 think tanks supported by the Think Tank Initiative (TTI). The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) is an autonomous, not-for-profit organization that provides research-based evidence to support the formulation of government policies and programs. The Centre’s current research focuses on poverty, growth, employment, governance and accountability, service delivery, social protection, trade, regional integration and multilateral arrangements, and impact evaluation of government policies and programs.