Institutions and public agricultural investments: A qualitative study of state and local government spending in Nigeria

Policy Note |2017| Tewodaj Mogues, Tolulope Olofinbiyi

There is a renewed attention to the performance of the agricultural sector in Nigeria given its potential to serve as an engine of pro-poor growth, create jobs, and support economic diversification. Strategies to further transform agriculture need to be accompanied by efficient and effective public expenditures. In addition to analysis of the size and quality of agricultural spending, an understanding of the political-institutional setting within which public spending decisions are made is important. However, there is little known about the policy and political processes through which public agricultural expenditure allocations are decided upon. This policy note synthesizes the findings of an empirical analysis of how the political and budget institutions of the states and Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria affect the incentives of actors involved in the public agricultural finance process, shape the interactions between them, and ultimately influence expenditure allocations

The Policy Brief, Number 39 in the Food Security Policy Research Brief Series, is part of the research output from the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, a joint effort between the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) and Michigan State University funded by USAID-Nigeria. Please see link below for further details about the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. This Policy Research Brief has also been published as Nigeria Strategy Support Program Policy Note No. 38 in December 2016.

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