Institutions and policies for agricultural development in African post-conflict countries

This project analyses the co-evolution of institutions, agricultural development and economic performance in Africa, focusing especially on post-conflict countries.

Agricultural development fosters pro-poor economic growth, especially in the poorest countries. While a consensus has emerged that an "enabling institutional and policy environment" is necessary to encourage agricultural intensification and commercialisation, there exists little agreement on what constitutes such an environment (or how to create it).

In post-conflict countries agricultural development serves two purposes: it alleviates poverty, and attenuates the risk of a relapse into violence. The proposed project also examines the scope of specific institutional innovations to promote agricultural intensification and commercialisation. It combines the macro perspective of the institutional environment with the micro perspective of institutional arrangements. A range of methodologies will be used, including experiments and both quantitative and qualitative observational data.