Making farmers’ perspectives count in agriculture policy design
Farmers are the backbone of our food systems, and their insights into what it means to produce food in the face of multiple challenges are enormously valuable to policy design. It is critical that the practical perspectives of farmers weigh heavily in policy debates and investment decisions.
In 2021 and 2022, Just Rural Transition (JRT), in partnership with the World Farmers’ Organisation, convened a series of virtual and in-person dialogues with farmers, farmers’ organizations, researchers, civil servants, and other key stakeholders in agricultural policy.
By holding exchanges with over 100 individuals representing 80 organizations and 39 countries, this policy brief distills eight key insights and recommendations that emerged from those events:
- Design policy with farmers, not for farmers
- Tailor the policy to the context
- Redesign input subsidies
- Strengthen regulations
- Incentivize landscape stewardship
- Expand agricultural extension services
- Expand incentives for the private sector that drive socially responsible investment
- Secure land tenure
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