Agricultural policy and food security

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One person in five in the developing countries is undernourished. Every day, some 26,000 children die from conditions related to hunger and malnutrition – half of them before their fifth birthday.

The food price crisis has pushed rural development back up the development agenda. Rural development is a tool for combating hunger and poverty on a sustainable basis. However, it is not only agricultural policy which must be geared towards food security; the same applies, for example, to trade policy and economic development. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) GIZ supports and advises its partners on the planning and implementation of agricultural policy and food security programmes.


Agricultural Development Policy: a contemporary Agenda

2nd Edition: June 2015

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What are the most important topics on the contemporary agricultural policy agenda? And which qualifications are needed for effective agricultural policy advisors in development co-operation?

The GIZ sector project “Agricultural Policy and Food Security” on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in cooperation with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) London under supervision of Steve Wiggins addresses these questions in the Background Paper “Agricultural Development Policy: a contemporary Agenda”.

In 2013, a first edition of this paper had summarized the state of the international debate and had identified 12 topics and related policy instruments for the contemporary agricultural policy agenda. The report was discussed within BMZ, presented to the Global Donor Platform, debated in a half-day seminar at the EU DG DEVCO and finally deliberated at the EU Heads of Agriculture and Rural Development (HARDs) Meeting in December 2013. At the same time, the paper served as background for the Rural 21 Vol. 47 (4/2013) issue “Agricultural Policies – finding the right approach“.

In 2014, the GIZ Sector Network Rural Development (SNRD Africa) hosted a three-day agricultural policy learning event in Accra, Ghana, which used the paper as its basis and the main author as prime input provider for this capacity development activity.

At all these occasions, one topic received outstanding interest and triggered highly interesting debates: the process of rural transformation. Thus, we decided to ask the author to work on a second edition of the paper that would expand on this section. Furthermore, gender in agriculture didn’t receive adequate attention in the first version and was more adequately considered in this second edition. Finally, the highly relevant discussion spurred by Colin Poulton from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London) during the Agricultural Policy Learning Event in Ghana on Policy Choices and the Political Economy of African Agriculture lead to an overhaul of that section, too.

This second edition should serve as reference base for future GIZ policy advisory work in agriculture and shall serve as capacity development material for forthcoming Learning Events on agricultural policy – in Anglophone and in Francophone Africa, since this second version is also available in French.

Agricultural Development Policy: a contemporary Agenda (pdf, 6.09 MB, EN) Graph "Agricultural development policy: a contemporary agenda" (pdf, 0.89 MB, EN) Politique de développement agricole : un programme d’action contemporain (pdf, 6.15 MB, FR) Graph "Politique de développement agricole : un programme d’action contemporain" (pdf, 0.93 MB, FR) Global Donor Platform Rural 21 Vol. 47 (4/2013)

Handbook Contract Farming, Volume II – Out now!

While the first volume of the contract farming handbook is a process-oriented guide through the different stages of contract farming schemes, the second volume provides a selection of pragmatic tools and case studies. The purpose of the second handbook is to assist contract farming practitioners developing informed and tailor-made business models during the different stages of contract farming schemes.

The present Volume II is based on experiences of many buyers and producers. By adapting the tools to the specific needs of each case and by modifying them according to the local conditions and capacities of farmers and buyers, Volume II can help practitioners find situation-specific solutions.

The tools provided, focusing on business decision-making and contract farming management, are based on the conceptual foundations given in Volume I. As a result, the practitioners can now use Volume I and Volume II in tandem while starting up, implementing and scaling up contract farming schemes.

Contract farming handbook, Volume II – Selected tools and case examples (pdf, 1.69 MB, EN) Manuel d’agriculture contractuelle, Volume II – Outils et exemples de cas choisis (pdf, 1.77 MB, FR)

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