Whereas there is plenty of work looking at macroeconomic effect of public spending on growth and poverty in Africa as well as studies of the impact of spending or investment in one economic sector on outcomes in that sector or on broader welfare measures, this book fills a much needed gap in the research looking how the composition of public spending affects key development outcomes in the region.
The book brings together recent analysis on the trends in, and returns to, public spending for agricultural growth and rural development in Africa. Case studies of selected African countries provide insights on the contributions of different types of public expenditures for poverty, growth and welfare outcomes, as well as insights into the constraints in gaining development mileage from investments in the agricultural sector.
"Public Expenditures for Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa provides in-depth analysis of the effects of public investment in rural Africa. Examinations of several countries using sophisticated statistical procedures compare the benefits of different types of government spending, contributing much insight into a neglected subfield of economic development." – Kevin Sylwester, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, USA
1. Introduction Tewodaj Mogues and Samuel Benin 2. Public Spending for Agriculture in Africa: Definition, Measures and Trends Shenggen Fan and Anuja Saurkar 3. Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction Impacts of Public Investments: Assessment of Concepts and Techniques Samuel Benin, Tewodaj Mogues and Shenggen Fan 4. Agricultural Public Spending in Nigeria Tewodaj Mogues, Michael Morris, Lev Freinkman, Abimbola Adubi and Simeon Ehui 5. Public Expenditures and Agricultural Productivity Growth in Ghana Samuel Benin, Tewodaj Mogues, Godsway Cudjoe and Josée Randriamamonjy 6. Public Investment and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania: Evidence from Household Survey Data Shenggen Fan, David Nyange and Neetha Rao 7. Public Expenditure, Growth and Poverty Reduction in Rural Uganda Shenggen Fan and Xiaobo Zhang 8. The Bang for the Birr: Public Spending and Rural Welfare in Ethiopia Tewodaj Mogues 9. Investing in African Agriculture to Halve Poverty By 2015 Shenggen Fan, Michael Johnson, Anuja Saurkar and Tsitsi Makombe 10. Agricultural and Rural Public Spending in Africa: Conclusions and Implications Samuel Benin and Tewodaj Mogues