The Role of Rural Producer Organizations for Agricultural Service Provision in Fragile States

36 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2013

See all articles by Catherine Ragasa

Catherine Ragasa

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jennifer Golan

University of Manchester

Date Written: January 7, 2013

Abstract

This paper assesses the role of rural institutions in the speedy recovery and growth of the agriculture and food sector in postconflict setting. This research was conducted to identify strategies and approaches to strengthen local institutions in the agricultural sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Using a semi-structured interview approach with 181 rural producer organizations in three provinces of western DRC, this study finds varying types of rural producer organizations in the study areas and shows various internal and external factors affecting these organizations’ capacity to provide and facilitate agricultural services for their members. Greater interactions with other organizations, membership commitment through financial contributions, management capacity, and formal governance structures contribute to explaining these organizations’ performance in agricultural service delivery. Exogenous events were also found to affect organizational performance and service delivery outcomes. Organizations closer to areas with past conflict events face greater risks of conflict re-occurrence and experience limited agricultural and rural development programs, which reduce their ability to provide and facilitate agricultural services to their members. This result implies some evidence of negative relationship of conflict and collective action, in contrast to several studies that show a positive relation.

Keywords: producer organizations, collective action, postconflict, agriculture, structural equation model, Democratic Republic of the Congo

JEL Classification: L25, L39, Q12, Q13

Suggested Citation

Ragasa, Catherine and Golan, Jennifer, The Role of Rural Producer Organizations for Agricultural Service Provision in Fragile States (January 7, 2013). IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 01235, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2197459 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2197459

Catherine Ragasa (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Jennifer Golan

University of Manchester ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, N/A M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
37
Abstract Views
492
PlumX Metrics