n AfricaGrowth Agenda - To march or not to march? Understanding the potential role of lobbying in positively influencing agricultural policy outcomes for smallholder farmers in developing countries

Volume 2009, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1811-5187


Agriculture and food policies in all world economies are presumed to be adopted with the aim of improving people's livelihoods as well as access to and utilization of food and agricultural products. An analysis of government policies shows that many governments adopt policies that are not always beneficial for the majority of the population but for specific smaller groups of people within the economy. The policy environment in any economy is characterised by divergent interests that are not always in favour of the marginalized or the majority of the people resulting in non proficient policy outcomes (Cabral et al, 2006). Hence policy outcomes are often determined by the ability of specific groups of the population to lobby for their own interests.

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