Agribusiness and Food Systems Specialist
Jean-Michel Voisard is an agribusiness development specialist with more than 20 years experience in local and export food supply chains in developing countries, particularly in the West African region. Jean-Michel’s pragmatic approach is based on his business training, private sector experience, and his tested knowledge of African trading practices – with a focus on achieving sustainable implementation and transfer of profitable business models that benefit small farmers.
This session will share a summary of key findings from an ex-post study conducted 3.5 years following the closure of the USAID-funded Naatal Mbay Activity and published in July 2023. While the study looked at the extent to which four systemic changes supported by the Activity endured and their relative scale and sustainability relative to program closure, this presentation would specifically examine the durability of program investments in digitalization by small-scale rice farmers (e.g., estimating agricultural input needs, harvest volumes). Given that funder investments in ex-post studies are uncommon, this presentation will offer a rare opportunity to learn about the durability of ICTforAg following program closure.