Perspectives Volume 40, Number 1 - Page 18

GES-TAP Reached Half Million in 2014 More than 500,000 farmers registered for subsidized fertilizer and seeds through IFDC’s Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Touch and Pay (TAP) pilot program, ending in 2014. TAP technology simplified the process of enrollment and redemption in the GES scheme, a comprehensive initiative of the Nigerian government to boost the nation’s agriculture sector. Designed by Consult Hyperion, TAP works with devices powered by the Android operating system and does not require a network connection. Farmers and enrollment staff “tap” their registration cards to store information on the device. The program brought 100 agro-dealers closer to farmers and employed 500 new GES field staff in 2014. TAP was funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID). IFDC Contributes to Policy Efforts in Ghana In February, IFDC, with a team of experts from Michigan State University, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutions, Zambia (ReNAPRI), undertook an extensive study in Ghana to provide information that will guide the government of Ghana on its soil fertility and subsidy policy. WAFP Holds Consultative Forums The USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program (WAFP) organized two Wes