The Road Ahead for PSSP By Steve Davies Program Leader, PSSP
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
Change balance of policy researchby IFPRI and local researchers
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.