Status
reviewed & published
Title
Reform and Decentralization of Agricultural Services. A Policy Framework
Series
FAO agricultural policy and economic development series
Series number
7
Author
Smith, L., Consultant, Policy Assistance Support Service, Policy and Programme Development Support Division, FAO, Rome, Italy
Date
2001
Abstract

The Sourcebook provides a methodological framework for decisions concerning decentralization of agricultural services through deconcentration of the public administration, delegation to public or private agencies, devolution, partnerships with civil society organizations or privatization. These different forms of decentralization are presented as options to be considered according to the policy objectives pursued. The use of the methodological framework is illustrated through examples drawn from actual country experiences. Although focussed on the analytical process of determining the production and allocative efficiency of the various options, the Sourcebook also covers the political dimensions that impinge on the desirability and feasibility of decentralization, both at the level of individual organizations and of the government reform process.

Region
Global
Topics
Institutional and organizational development, Agricultural and sub-sectoral policies