Politics and the Future of Ministries of Agriculture: Rethinking Roles and Transforming Agendas
By Lidia Cabral and Steve Wiggins
What form should a contemporary Ministry of Agriculture take, and how should it function? The answers to these questions depend on three major issues set within the context of agriculture. The first and foremost is the role assigned to agriculture. Is it an economic activity like any other, or it expected to fulfil roles in, for example, food security, regional equity or providing a buffer against destitution for the rural poor?