"Promoting Participatory and Evidence-Based Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa"
Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the project is being jointly implemented by IFPRI and the Universities of Kiel and Hohenheim, in collaboration with local research institutions in Ghana, Uganda, and Senegal: The Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), the Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), and the African Institute for Strategic Resource Services and Development, respectively.
The project, in support of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), will be conducting research on African policy processes in close collaboration with local stakeholders and policy makers in Ghana, Uganda and Senegal with a view to increasing political performance that result in more effective and poverty-oriented policies and strategies. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, research results will help identify practical institutional strategies that will help policy-makers and administrative staff at the central and sub-national levels to more effectively exploit existing evidence on policy options available to them in the implementation of their national agricultural strategies.
At the methodological level, innovative quantitative and qualitative methods of policy network analysis are applied. The project also uses a general political economy equilibrium model that makes it possible to simulate how different political and economic conditions will influence policy outcomes.
“Until we understand why
our society adopts its policies,
we will be poorly equipped to give useful advice on how to change those policies.“
George J. Stigler
(in "The Citizen and the State. Chicago: University of Chicago Press", p.ix, 1975)