The GDN Global Research Project, Supporting Policy Research to Inform Agricultural Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, aims to help shape North-South and South-South debates on agricultural policies. Designed as a policy research project, it seeks to enrich the body of knowledge related to agricultural issues. In doing so, it draws from the existing knowledge base, especially cross-country research findings, in a scientifically rigorous manner yet one which is both timely and easily accessible to policymakers and the informed public.
The project attains significance as it explores innovative ways of bridging the research and policy gap. The outreach strategy and implementation plan embraces new media technology and intends to leverage its prowess on a global scale. On the one hand, the project would provide the supply push to the policymaking process. On the other hand, its intent would be to generate a strong demand pull for the findings amongst the policymakers.
- Help shape North-South and South-South debates on agricultural policies.
- Address the paucity of genuine developing country perspectives not only on global issues but even quintessentially local development problems such as those related to agricultural and rural development.
- Make policymakers and key experts working in the area of agriculture aware of the policy issues across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
- Enhance the uptake of research findings by leveraging on the power of traditional media, new media, social media and advertising.
Ten Case Studies
Five papers on five vital themes related to agricultural policies. The five topics would apply to each target geography (Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia), producing ten papers in total.
The 5 key research topics across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia:
- Agricultural Pricing and Public Procurement
- Irrigation and Water Use Efficiency
- Improving the Effectiveness, Efficiency and Sustainability of Fertilizer Use
- Managing Agricultural Commercialization for Inclusive Growth
- Addressing Long-Term Challenges to Food Security and Rural Livelihoods
The web based knowledge platform enables the entire research team to collaborate in real time across geographies. The platform aids in sharing data, analyses and comments from the research participants.
Customised and Integrated Policy Outreach Plan
A multi-pronged outreach programme has been designed, to actively engage policymakers and media at regional, country and global level. The programme (customized for each region) includes traditional outreach pathways such as policy briefs, publications, workshops and seminars, as well as newer pathways such as cyber media, electronic media, documentaries and mobile advertising.
COUNTRY RESEARCH TEAMS
Team Leader: Dr. Parakrama Samaratunga, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
Supporting Researchers: Dr. Binod Karmacharya, ADB Resident Mission, Nepal, and Dr. Meeta Punjabi Mehta, Managing Director, Creative Agri Solutions, India
Team Leader: Dr. Ali Hasanain, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
Supporting Researchers: Dr. Shahid Ahmad, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, and Mr. Muhammad Zia Mehmood, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
Team leader: Dr. Mustafa K. Mujeri, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
Supporting Researchers: Dr. Kazi Ali Toufique, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Dr. D. Suresh Kumar, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India, and Dr. Ek Raj Ojha, Ullens Foundation, Nepal
Team leader: Prof. Vijay Paul Sharma, Indian Institute of Management, India
Supporting Researcher: Mr. Dinesh Jain, Indian Institute of Management, India
Team leader: Dr. K.S. Kavikumar, Madras School of Economics, India
Supporting Researchers: Dr. A. K. Enamul Haque, United International University, Bangladesh, and
Dr. Kamal S. Karunagoda, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Team leader: Professor T. Ademola Oyejide, Foundation for Economics Education, Nigeria
Supporting Researchers: Dr Olumuyiwa B Alaba, Lead City University, Nigeria, and Mr Abidemi S Abiola, Ajayi Crowther University, Nigeria
Team leader: Professor Reuben M.J. Kadigi, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
Supporting Researchers: Dr. Girmay Tesfay, Mekelle University, Ethiopia, and Dr. Alfred Bizoza, National University of Rwanda
Team leader: Professor Saa Dittoh, University of Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana
Supporting Researchers: Professor Olubunmi Abayomi Omotesho, University of Ilorin, Nigeria, and
Mr. Adama Belemvire, Alliance Technology Development Assistance, Burkina Faso
Team leader: Professor Johann Kirsten, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Supporting Researchers: Dr. Julius Okello, University of Nairobi, Kenya, and Ms. Mariam Mapilla, Putting People First, Malawi
Team leader: Professor Ogutu A.C. Akello, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Supporting Researchers: Professor Sheryl Lee Hendriks, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and
Professor Victor Olusegun Okoruwa, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Girish Nath Bahal, University of Cambridge
Uttara Balakrishnan, Yale University
Sourovi De, University of Oxford
Khondoker Tanveer Haider, University of Oxford
Genet Zinabou, University of Oxford
Prof. T.S. Jayne, Michigan State University
Prof. William A. Masters, Tufts University
Prof. Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University
Prof. Alexandros Sarris, University of Athens
Prof. David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley
PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM
Prof. Douglas Gollin, Williams College, USA
Dr. George Mavrotas, Chief Economist, GDN
Deputy Project Director
Tuhin Sen, Lead Strategist, GDN
Policy Outreach Analyst