Institutions and policies
“Institutions and policies” focuses on the institutional and political settings of biomass production, processing and trade.
Institutions are the systems of rule in which policies are made and innovations are generated. Effective institutions are needed to improve agricultural productivity and profitability, reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition. A conducive policy and regulatory environment is essential for farmers, processors and traders to adopt the technical and institutional innovations that will foster the transformation from a food-supplying to an interrelated bio-economy system where food and non-food biomass is suitably produced, processed, used and traded.
This thematic area features contributions related to
- Analysis of current policies and institutions that influence the food and non-food biomass sector in Africa
- Assessment of enabling environment for farmers and other stakeholders to adopt innovations that enhance transformation from a food-supplying to a biomass-supplying sector
- Assessment of institutional arrangements and knowledge for the sustainable development of the emerging bio-economies in Africa
Theme coordinator: Nana Afranaa Kwapong
Adu Gyamfi Poku. 2018. Managing Seed Quality Control: Overcoming the governance challenges of seed certification in Ghana. 1. No.1. Center for Development Research Bonn.
Good quality seed forms the basis for improving agricultural productivity and ensuring food security.
Yet, seed certification schemes have often proved ineffective in ensuring the production of high quality
seeds for farmers. It is the objective of this policy brief to highlight the major governance challenges
associated with seed certification and quality control in Ghana’s commercial seed sector. This policy
brief further proposes specific recommendations that can be pursued by the Ministry of Food and
Agriculture to help improve the management of seed quality control in Ghana.
Namibia Nature Foundation. 2016. Policy Brief – Assessment of the macroeconomic benefits of de-bushing in Namibia. GIZ Support to De-bushing Project Namibia.
Bush control and biomass utilisation has the potential to generate substantial net benefits of around N$48 billion over 25 years and thus to contribute to Namibia’s social welfare and economic growth.