Evaluative Lessons for Agriculture and Agribusiness

Publication Date: 
January, 2011

Document Type:

ECG Paper #3

Evaluative findings indicate that increasing productivity -- through attention to research and extension, access to water, access to credit, land issues, transport, policy, markets and institutional development -- is vital for improving agricultural performance. Functional monitoring and evaluation systems, lacking in most settings, are needed to help ensure project performance and to draw lessons from experience.

The paper suggests that, to ensure better outcomes from the recent substantial increase in agriculture and agribusiness investment, four dimensions of efforts should be emphasized:

  1. Fostering public-private partnership
  2. Drawing on cross-sector synergies and complementarities
  3. Strengthening intra- and interinstitutional coordination
  4. Improving environmental sustainability