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Governance

Governance

WP 6.1 deals with the policy and institutional environment required to foster the emerging agro-biomass sector, with the goal to ensure food security of smallholders by integrating them into the emerging regional and international bio-economy.

Problem statement:

This project deals with the policy and institutional environment required to foster the emerging agro-biomass sector, with the goal to ensure food security of small-holders by integrating them into the emerging regional and international bio-economy.

Objectives:

  • To explore governance challenges and institutional innovations in maize/cassava/banana value webs in specific country contexts
  • To evaluate the role of the agricultural innovation system with specific focus on:
  • agricultural extension services/agricultural research institutions
  • opportunities and constraints in adoption and uptake of specific innovations in biomass-based value webs
  • To examine the role of land acquisition policies in enhancing biomass-based economic growth and assess their implications for smallholders and food security

Research questions:

  • What is the social context of agricultural production in specific countries?Which incentives and disincentives do male and female farmers face in the adoption of innovation?
  • What is the appropriate role for public sector institutions, the private sector and community-based/collective action organizations for promoting the transformation of commodity-focused value chains towards bio-mass value webs?
  • To what extent do current policies and regulatory systems foster the development of innovative biomass-based systems? What changes are required and how can such changes be achieved in politically in the three study countries?

Methodology:

  • The WP will combine quantitative and qualitative research methods, including a household survey, in-depth interviews, direct observation, participatory mapping methods and focus group discussions
  • Policy analysis will be informed and supplemented by study of reports and government documents, and publications of international agencies and research institutions

Countries of field research:

  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria (2015 onwards)

Involved partners:

  • Dr. Felix Asante, ISSER
  • Dr. Bamlak Alemu, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)

Investigators:

  • Dr. Saurabh Gupta
    Senior Researcher
    University of Hohenheim
    Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development (490c)
    Email: saurabh.gupta@uni-hohenheim.de
  • Prof. Dr. Regina Birner
    Team Leader
    University of Hohenheim
    Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development (490c)
  • Tilahun Woldie
    Junior Researcher
    University of Hohenheim
    Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural
    Development (490c)
  • Adu-Gyamfi Poku
    Junior Researcher
    University of Hohenheim
    Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural
    Development (490c)
  • Lilli Scheiterle
    Junior Researcher
    University of Hohenheim
    Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural
    Development (490c)