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Farmer's Agribusiness Training Course: Module 1 - Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies. Lesson 5: Maximizing Benefits from and Influencing Policies
 

Farmer's Agribusiness Training Course: Module 1 - Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies. Lesson 5: Maximizing Benefits from and Influencing Policies

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This Farmers’ Agribusiness training course has been developed to help both farmers and farmer organisations. Its intention is to provide access to additional skills and knowledge that will allow ...

This Farmers’ Agribusiness training course has been developed to help both farmers and farmer organisations. Its intention is to provide access to additional skills and knowledge that will allow farmers to move from a 'farm' to a 'firm'. This lesson helps the learner identify policies from which we can benefit and ways in which policies can be influenced.

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    Farmer's Agribusiness Training Course: Module 1 - Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies. Lesson 5: Maximizing Benefits from and Influencing Policies Farmer's Agribusiness Training Course: Module 1 - Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies. Lesson 5: Maximizing Benefits from and Influencing Policies Document Transcript

    • 5MODULE1: Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural PoliciesLESSON 5: Maximizing Benefits from and influencing Agricultural PoliciesTIME: 96 minutesAUTHOR: Dr. Maina MuniafuThis lesson was made possible with the assistance of the following organisations: Farmers Agribusiness Training by United States International University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at www.oerafrica.org
    • MODULE 1 5 Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies MAXIMIZING BENEFITS FROM AND LESSON INFLUENCING AGRICULTURAL POLICIES AUTHOR: TIME: Dr. Maina Muniafu 96 minutes INTRODUCTION: OUTCOMES: : : Within the farmers’ production systems, By completion of this lesson you an awareness of agricultural policies will be able to: enables them to take advantage of maximizing their output. It also puts them Identify policies from which into a situation where they can influence you can benefit. the direction of policy formulation since Describe ways in which you they are the ones on the ground. could influence policies. Page 38Module1: Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies Lesson 5: Maximizing Benefits from and Influencing Agricultural Policies
    • IDENTIFICATION OF BENEFICIAL POLICIESOnce again we will study the two case study videos to assist in the identification ofpolicies that the two farmers, Simon and Beatrice, could have taken advantage of. Weneed to identify the limitations or barriers to success that they are facing and thenconsider how they could have surmounted them through a proper application of thepolicies.. Access the case study video from the course CD ROM under Resources Index | Module 1 | Lesson 5 | Case Study Activity 1 Benefits (30 minutes) Review the case study video and also consider the policy documents you have already discussed in Lesson 4 and then: 1. Identify possible beneficial policies for farmers Simon and Beatrice. 2. Point out ways in which ways the policies might either enhance or limit production. Page 39 Module1: Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies Lesson 5: Maximizing Benefits from and Influencing Agricultural Policies
    • INFLUENCING OF AGRICULTURAL POLICIESAgricultural policy development is not done in a vacuum. Policy writers within the variousministries need information, ideas and strategies that reflect the reality of the sector andthen consider how these strategies might support national priorities. They get this datafrom sector stakeholders of which one group, farmers, is of considerable significance.Consequently, farmers who gain prominence through their excellence in farming activitieshave a chance to influence agricultural policies. Activity 2 Influencing Policy (30 minutes)Work as a group and discuss these issues: 1. In what ways might Simon and Beatrice influence policies in their regions? 2. How might the members of the group put themselves in a position to influence policy? Page 40 Module1: Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies Lesson 5: Maximizing Benefits from and Influencing Agricultural Policies
    • ConclusionPerhaps you can now see that policy development is dynamic and ever changingaccording to the needs of the country and particularly the needs of agriculturalstakeholders. However, there are always competing interests in the sector, so it isimportant that farmers act proactively to ensure that their voice is heard. The methodsmentioned here should give you some ideas of how this might be achieved in yourregion. Page 41 Module1: Structure of Agriculture and Agricultural Policies Lesson 5: Maximizing Benefits from and Influencing Agricultural Policies