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Law and Development Case Studies 

Tanzania Seed Potatoes

(Mtanga Farms)


Mtanga Farms was a partnership conducted under TransFarm Africa that showed that understanding and addressing legal and regulatory issues along a value chain could open up new markets and industries (seed potato production, in this case). The New Markets Lab was launched in 2012 to scale up the proof of concept and extend inclusive, development-focused legal and regulatory mapping and action to others, with a view to spreading benefits to multiple entrepreneurs and value chains.


AGOA Administration


The New Markets Lab partnered with Sasa Designs by the Deaf in Kenya to understand the experience of a small producer trading under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and simplify administrative procedures to increase trade under the program. As a result of this collaboration and NML’s partnership with ISLP, administrative issues have been identified that could impact a number of small producers. NML and ISLP are working together to identify and address these challenges and help ensure that the benefits of trade preference programs reach their intended beneficiaries. 


Lesotho Asparagus Value Chain

(Kingdom Asparagus)


The New Markets Lab partnered with New Caledon on the Kingdom Asparagus Project to conduct a legal and regulatory assessment on issues around asparagus production and trade in Lesotho. With the support of the International Senior Lawyers Project and the Law and International Development Society at Harvard Law School, NML is coordinating legal research to highlight challenges along the value chain, particularly those related to trading fresh produce regionally and internationally. 

Rwanda Horticulture Project (FAIM)


NML partnered with FAIM, Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management, an established and growing tissue culture farm in Rwanda, to better understand the legal and regulatory challenges involved with distributing seed and plants to smaller farmer, including through cooperative financing and other financial services options. 


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