The Road Ahead for PSSP by Steve Davies


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Presentations made at the PSSP First Annual Conference - December 13, 14, 2012 - Planning Commission, Islamabad, Pakistan

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The Road Ahead for PSSP by Steve Davies

  1. 1. The Road Ahead for PSSP By Steve Davies Program Leader, PSSP
  2. 2. Cooperative Agreement Based on a flexible four year Pakistan country led and country wide program, IFPRI through the PSSP will: ◦ Better inform policy decisions by improved policy analysis and advocacy ◦ Promote science and innovation in agriculture ◦ Build capacity, leadership and networks of select GoP and non governmental entities ◦ Support implementation of the New Economic Growth Framework
  3. 3. Change balance of policy researchby IFPRI and local researchers
  4. 4. Building a culture of policy research and collaboration; a new generation of analysts Through incentives such as: ◦ Competitive grants; joint teaching development ; Collaborative research Organizations ◦ Consortia of university/ research institutes being formed Electronic Delivery of Courses ◦ Design course with local and ex pat professionals ◦ Deliver and video it ◦ Play later at various universities/research institutes ◦ Include potential faculty/analysts from other universities
  5. 5. Demand-Driven, Policy Relevant Research Ask partner entities what is important to them Evaluations at annual conferences and other events Use commissioned research to uncover policies needing evidence and with opportunities for change in the medium term Build advocacy/research working groups
  6. 6. Evaluating Research and Policy Influence Identify beneficiaries and decision makers for relatively narrow policy issues Determine where information and research enters the process and can make a difference Assess distribution of benefits and limits to change Evaluate potential for and encourage advocacy Achieve policy change
  7. 7. Examples from PARC Benefits of Investment in Agricultural Research: Pakistan spends least in region; must tell success stories and impacts Adoption of GM Crops: Pakistan lagging in adoption of GM crops; spending on hybrids should go to new bio-tech products. A failure of advocacy? Preparedness for Climate Change: Advocacy and analysis needed to encourage work on impacts of climate change. Flood-resistant rice varieties; seed and germplasm protection during flooding.
  8. 8. Training and creation ofpartnerships Example from GIS Training Helena Tilahun working in Ethiopian SSP ◦ Used in public investment, regional policy making Matched with local trainer (Ahmed Waqas) Included University of Faisalabad professor Had trainees from regional universities and various Federal and Provincial Agencies Need to create incentives, find policy issues
  9. 9. Evaluating Policies in Agricultural Market RegulationThe Domestic Studies Program will provide roadmaps for: Reforms in the Market Act 1976 Reforms in the Seed Act 1976 Evaluation of quality based output auctions Limiting government intervention in wheat procurement Developing commodity specific storage infrastructure
  10. 10. Finding Linkages Across Topics Organize focus on periurban dynamics? ◦ Work/capacity building in GIS; ◦ Migration analysis ◦ Nonfarm employment; ◦ Land markets; ◦ CGP and Domestic Studies program on economic clusters, agent based models ◦ Supports Economic Growth Framework
  11. 11. Final Comments The PSSP is designed to be a demand driven responsive program Capacity building programs -- part of a systematic structure with local and international input We are working to strengthen links with a broad range of institutions and government departments.