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ANALYSIS OF GOVERNANCE IN AGRICULTURE – A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATIONS Suresh Babu International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC.

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1 ANALYSIS OF GOVERNANCE IN AGRICULTURE – A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK AND APPLICATIONS Suresh Babu International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC Devi Prasad Juvvadi Center for Good Governance, Hyderabad International Conference on "Governance and Service Delivery in Agriculture and Allied Sectors" International Conference on "Governance and Service Delivery in Agriculture and Allied Sectors" Hyderabad, December 18, 2014

2 This presentation will cover 1.Emerging Issues in Agricultural Development and Why Governance in Agriculture is important 2.Definitions of Governance applied to agriculture 3.A conceptual framework for Analysis Governance in Agriculture 4.Applications to Agricultural Development Challenges 5.Specific Priorities and Constraints 6.Concluding Remarks

3 EMERGING ISSUES Recent Food Crisis and Food price volatility Sustainable Production Systems Climate Smart Agriculture Agricultural – Nutrition- Health Linkages Improving Markets and Trade in Agriculture Building Resilience in Food and Agriculture Systems Strengthening Institutions and Governance Resolving these require Good Governance

4 WHY STUDY GOVERNANCE IN AGRICULTURE? Poor governance in various subsectors stifle progress in agriculture development Large wastage of resources prevention spending on productive investments Low morality of the public servants Low quality of inputs – seeds and fertilizers to the farmers Low standards and marketing regulations increase transaction costs and reduces income of the farmers Poor regulation of food safety laws affect consumers Unorganized regulatory system for biotechnology affects adoption of new technologies More examples could be said that are context specific.

5 DEFINITIONS OF GOVERNANCE Several Definitions Exist: Governance as the manner in which power is exercised in the management of a country’s economic and social resources for development. (Asian Development Bank)

6 OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE DEFINITION Formation and stewardship of the formal and informal rules that regulate the environment in which state and other players interact to make decisions (ODI).

7 UNDP DEFINITION Governance is the exercise of political, economic, and administrative authority in the management of a country’s affairs including mechanisms, processes, and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations, and mediate their (UNDP)

8 WORLD BANK DEFINITION Traditions and institutions by which authority in a country is exercised such as selection of governments, capacity to formulate and implement policies and the respect for institutions that govern the interactions of the state and its citizens (World Bank).

9 AGRICULTURAL GOVERNANCE INVOLVES Agricultural development process which improves: Organization and management of Institutions Effective functioning of the institutions Design and implementation of policies Development of rules and regulations to support policies and laws Ensuring active participation of all stakeholders at all levels

10 MAJOR PRINCIPLES OF GOOD GOVERNANCE (UNDP) Participation Consensus-orientation Accountability Transparency Responsiveness Equity and inclusiveness Effectiveness and efficiency Consistency with the rule of law.

11 INDICATORS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE Voice and accountability Political stability and absence of violence Government effectiveness Regulatory quality Rule of law Control of corruption Source: Kraufmann, D. & Kraay, A Growth without governance. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No

12 GOVERNANCE IN AGRICULTURE Agricultural Governance depends on the governance of various sub sectors Land sector Input supply systems – eg: seed, fertilizer, mechanization Output marketing systems Market institutions –Food processing sector –Food safety systems Agricultural education institutions Agricultural research institutions Agricultural extension institutions

13 ANALYSIS OF AGRICULTURAL GOVERNANCE

14 AN HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLE FOR DEVELOPING AN AGRICULTURAL GOVERNANCE INDEX Enlist different sub sectors of the agriculture Apply a set of indicators of governance to each of them – a range from 0-1 Conduct a key informants interviews to find out the values of the indicators Combine them to form an index at the sub sector level Combine the sub sector indexes into aggregate level Agricultural Governance Index An example is given next – could be done for comparing – districts, states, countries.

15 AGRICULTURE GOVERNANCE INDEX

16 LEVELS OF ANALYSIS International level National level Public Sector / Government Private sector Civil society Local level

17 Thematic Approach to Measuring Agriculture Governance – Applications to Agricultural Development Challenges

18 Governance for sustainable food production 18 Supporting the CAADP framework Governance of groups working on specific emerging challenges – Eg: climate change Global and National governance of technology development - Biotechnology and Biosafety Global and national governance of Natural resource degradation Governance for global understanding and debate of issues and agenda setting

19 Governance for Promoting healthy food systems 19 Governance of development and adoption of nutrient enhanced crops Governance of agriculture – Nutrition – Health Linkages Governance of new nutrition initiatives: how repetitive they are and compete for resources Governance of steering smallholder sector to the Nutrition Objectives – local, national, global levels

20 20 Governance in innovation marketing – eg: Reducing information asymmetries via contract farming Governance of food markets – National and international market regimes – eg: WTO Global and National governance for managing food price spikes and volatility Governance of new markets for supporting smallholder farmers in the event of climate change – eg: Insurance markets Governance for improving markets and trade

21 Governance for agriculture transformation 21 Governance of Mechanization : eg: medium-scale farms transformation Supporting the CAADP framework Governance for promoting transformation at the regional and global levels eg: CAADP Governance for transformation of small farms: eg: business orientation of small farms Governance of development of Value chains: eg: retail food markets

22 Governance for building resilient food systems 22 Governance though decentralization: can it improve resilience of local food systems ? Governance of Transfer modalities: Cash, food, or vouchers? Governance for Emergency responses – information – early warning - Targeted transfers for emergencies Governance of interventions and resilience in conflict zones

23 Strengthening institutions for improved governance Governance to promote gender mainstreaming in agriculture Governance for improved rural service delivery Governance of Knowledge flow – evidence based policy making and policy process Governance for creating and nurturing new institutions : Eg farmer cooperatives

24 Specific Challenges

25 Specific challenges Lack of understanding of the concepts of Governance and it implications No serious efforts to measure or monitor the governance indicators to compare progress temporally and spatially Specific subsectors may pull down overall governance – need for closer look beyond sectoral level Lack of quality research and outreach to engage policy makers

26 Concluding remarks Little effort has been made to apply Governance Concepts in agriculture Need to integrate broader governance goals in the agriculture sector – problems are diverse and sub sectors are multiple Apply the concepts to identify the governance gaps in various indicators and subsectors – conceptual framework is presented Further emerging thematic areas require governance research at all levels – global, national, local. 26


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