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Two central research questions guide the thinking behind this report:
- What rural infrastructure investments can have the most direct positive impact towards ending global hunger?
- How can these infrastructure assets be sustainably financed?
In addressing both of these questions, an extensive literature review was undertaken, including a review of all of the major recent reports by international organizations – such as the OECD, FAO, IFAD and others – on food security and infrastructure, as well as from donor reports from government development assistance programs . This ‘meta-analysis’ of existing research was complemented by phone call interviews with experts from agricultural development, agribusiness, infrastructure finance and sector-specific authorities.
Donors as well as governments should only commit funds to financially sustainable infrastructure. Projects not meeting this requirement will drain disproportionally the public resources available, not delivering value for money for stakeholders, and potentially having a shorter operating life (page 49)
In the literature reviewed for this report, the following variables are the most frequently used (in order) to measure the impact of infrastructure interventions:
- Market access
- Agricultural trade
- Agricultural performance/ productivity
- Poverty incidence/ Household income
- Foreign Direct Investments (FDI)
- Food security
- Per capita consumption
This post was originally published at PAEPARD by François Stepman. It has been republished here with permission.