• Mr. Anthony Madume posted an update 4 years, 3 months ago

    Given the course title, how can government’s in the developing countries use the effective implementation of public policies and policy instruments to influence agricultural productivity by farmers? Will subsidy and other forms of support in the purchase and use of clean / renewable energy technologies encourage (green growth) and provide a lasting solution (s) to increased food production in developing countries?.

    • Hello Anthony my Nigerian Brother. I really think that effective government policies as well as subsidy and others will generally boost food production just like using our country Nigeria as case study. If you can remember when the government introduce loan/subsidy of fertilizers to farmers in Agricultural developing areas there was increase in production within the areas and great encouragement to framers but what really matters is for the government to ensure that when such policies/missions are made that they will be sure of its proper and full implementation.

      • Hello Mr. C. Omeye,

        Thanks for your response and input. I agree with the point mentioned, but it is equally vital that the government put in place mechanism or system that will enable its staff and ministry to effectively and efficiently monitor and evaluate the impact of subsidies on the performance of farmers (food production) and food security. Also an adequate system will enable the ministry and government to have accurate records of how much is imported into Nigeria, etc. Similarly, if you recall, the experience of Nigeria with the ‘Operation Feed The Nation’. For many Nigerians, it was seen as an ambitious agricultural programme aimed at increasing agricultural and food productivity and sustenance in the nation. This programme embraced by many Nigerians, but it lost steam for number of reasons including not providing the right support systems to Nigeria’s small scale farmers, protecting land owners, corruption, monitoring progress, the right equipment, cooling systems for preservation, etc. Surprisingly, where this national programme (OFN) failed, whilst that of ex-President Olusegum Obasenjo continue to exist and thrive, thus making Nigeria dependent once again on food imports such as rice, etc. I hope that the efforts and progress made by Dr. Adesina, Nigeria’s ex-Minister for Agriculture will be sustained and improved upon for our good.

    • Dear Anthony, thank you for your questions. In week 5 we will further discuss policies and regulations on the macro level. Our expert Alisher Mirzabaev will share for instance the success story of bioenergy in Brazil which was only possible due to the policies promoting biofuel production.
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