Friday, March 11, 2011

A massive homework question

In the Khartoum Declaration, March 2007, the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) agricultural ministers agreed to encourage a number of agricultural investments. After a page of thanking and recognizing, they called on their governments to: improve availability of inputs, extend irrigation, improve infrastructure, eradicate animal diseases, expand fishing and aquaculture, exploit environmental opportunities, support value-added activities, do regional research on biotechnology, mainstream gender issues in agriculture, and play well with others.

Homework: Of those challenges, how many did governments follow through with in response to the food price crisis and give examples? What political incentives are there for governments to follow through with any of them? Under what structural conditions are they more or less likely?

It's not just homework, it's basically what I've been working on the last month or so. That's why I call it massive.

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