LCIRAH Seminar 28th January 2016, 12.45 - Investigating inter-sector coherence between agriculture and social protection: the cases of Zambia and Ghana

Date and Time

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:45

Event type



LIDC, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, Upper Meeting Room


Luke Harman, Overseas Development Institute, SOAS

Speaker bio

Luke specialises in social protection, agricultural input subsidies and agricultural policy. He holds a strong interest in food security and the integration of social protection and agricultural policy within southern Africa, with particular expertise on Malawi. Luke joined the Social Protection team in October 2014 and holds a PhD in Development Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), co-supervised also at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. In his PhD he has been looking at issues of targeting and crowding-out relating to specific examples of agricultural input subsidies and public health product subsidies in Malawi and Tanzania. At ODI, Luke is currently working on the role of index-based triggers in social protection shock responses and a conceptual frameworks underpinning community-driven development.


While there is a growing literature on the inter-linkages and synergies between agriculture and other sectors, somewhat less is known about how much coherence there is in practice at a policy and institutional level, and whether and how to bring about such synergies. Drawing from research carried out by the Overseas Development Institute for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on the question of coherence between agriculture and social protection, the presentation will focus on the cases of Zambia and Ghana. The research is based around two questions: ‘what are the current experiences of achieving coherence between agricultural and social protection policies and programmes?’ and ‘what lessons and insights do these experiences hold for achieving more and better coordination between both sectors?’