Smallholder Farmers' and Other Agricultural Sector Stakeholders' Priorities for Government Spending: Evidence from Zambia

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December 5, 2019 - Author: Nicole M. Mason, Auckland Kuteya, , , , , and

Nicole M. Mason, Auckland Kuteya, Danielle Resnick, Vincenzina Caputo, Mywish Maredia,Robert Shupp, and Hambulo Ngoma, 2019. Smallholder Farmers' and Other Agricultural Sector Stakeholders' Priorities for Government Spending: Evidence from Zambia. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Paper 155.

ABSTRACT

Empirical evidence from around the world suggests that public good investments in agricultural research and development (R&D), extension, and rural roads often yield relatively higher returns, while expenditures on private goods like agricultural subsidies often yield relatively lower returns. In contrast, the Zambian government devotes large shares of its agricultural sector spending to subsidies, leaving little money to devote to other agricultural sector programs and investments. No previous studies have attempted to measure Zambian smallholder farmers’ or other stakeholders’ preferences for different types of public expenditures. This paper summarizes the key insights from data on these preferences collected between 2015 and 2019 through four different surveys (the 2015 and 2019 Rural Agricultural Livelihoods Surveys--RALS15 and RALS19; a 2017 E Voucher Survey; and a 2019 stakeholder survey) and two different methodologies (a single open-ended question in RALS15 and RALS19; and the Best Worst Scaling [BWS] method in the E-Voucher survey and stakeholder survey).

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Tags: agrifood system transformation, c1-c2, fsg research paper, fsp research paper, policy research and capacity building, research highlights, zambia


Related Topic Areas

Zambia, C1-C2


Authors

Nicole Mason-Wardell

Nicole Mason-Wardell
masonn@msu.edu

Danielle Resnick

Danielle Resnick
D.Resnick@cgiar.org

Vincenzina Caputo

Vincenzina Caputo
vcaputo@msu.edu

Mywish Maredia

Mywish Maredia
maredia@msu.edu

Robert Shupp

Robert Shupp
shupprob@msu.edu

Hambulo Ngoma

Hambulo Ngoma
ngomaha1@msu.edu


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