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Improving the food policy process: Lessons from capacity strengthening of parliamentarians in Ghana:

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  • Chhokar, Jagdeep S.
  • Babu, Suresh Chandra
  • Kolavalli, Shashidhara

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In this paper, we document an approach to capacity strengthening of parliamentarians in Ghana and attempt to gauge to what extent and under what conditions such investments could lead to better debates and informed policymaking to promote growth and poverty reduction. We traced a group of Ghanaian parliamentarians to draw lessons after their study and exposure visit to India. Exposure visits changed participants’ knowledge, outlook, and thinking toward agricultural policies.

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  • Chhokar, Jagdeep S. & Babu, Suresh Chandra & Kolavalli, Shashidhara, 2014. "Improving the food policy process: Lessons from capacity strengthening of parliamentarians in Ghana:," IFPRI discussion papers 1401, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    1. Frederick C. Stapenhurst, 2004. "Parliamentary Strengthening : The Case of Ghana," World Bank Other Operational Studies 9691, The World Bank.
    2. Birner, Regina & Gupta, Surupa & Sharma, Neeru, 2011. "The political economy of agricultural policy reform in India: Fertilizers and electricity for irrigation," Research reports reginabirner, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    2. Haggblade, Steven & Babu, Suresh & Harris, Jody & Mkwandawire, Elizabeth & Nthani, Dorothy & Hendriks, Sheryl L., 2016. "Drivers Of Micronutrient Policy Change In Zambia: An Application Of The Kaleidoscope Model," Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Papers 259047, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security (FSP).
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    4. Babu, Suresh & Haggblade, Steven & Mkandawire, Elizabeth & Nankhuni, Flora & Hendriks, Sheryl L., 2016. "Micronutrient Policy Process In Malawi," Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Papers 259524, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security (FSP).

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    Agricultural policies; Capacity building; Governance; Agricultural development; Capacity strengthening; public policy; policy process;
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