Institutions and Public Agricultural Investments: A Qualitative Study of State and Local Government

Tolulope Olofinbiyi and Tewodaj Mogues. 2017. Institutions and Public Agricultural Investments: A Qualitative Study of State and Local Government Spending in Nigeria. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 39. East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Please see NSSP Working Paper 37 for a full list of references used.

KEY FINDINGS

  • Even after a budget has gone through the standard processes and been passed into law, extant rules still create opening for government stakeholders to exercise discretion on revising budgets, even well after the execution of public expenditure has begun.
  • The Nigerian budget institutions—due to their formal structure and to the particular way the budget rules have been applied—also generate quite differential abilities to exercise discretion over budget formulation and subsequent public resource allocation.
  • Constitutional provisions are somewhat ambiguous and to some extent non-binding vis-à-vis actual roles and responsibilities regarding the relative roles and expenditure responsibilities of government tiers in developing agriculture.

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