The Structure and Trends of Public Expenditure on Agriculture in Mozambique

Helder Zavale, Gilead Mlay, Duncan Boughton, Adriano Chamusso and Pius Chilonda
Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS)

The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) is an Africa-wide network of regional nodes supporting the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Africa-based centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), to facilitate the implementation of AU/NEPAD’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). The ReSAKSS nodes offer high-quality analyses to improve policymaking, track progress, document success, and derive lessons for the implementation of the CAADP agenda. The goal of the ReSAKSS Working Paper series is to provide timely access to results of preliminary research and data analysis that relate directly to strengthening ongoing discussions and critical commentaries on the future direction of African agriculture and rural development.

This paper examines the trends in public expenditure on agriculture and the structure (composition) of public expenditure, and how the composition of public expenditure has changed over time. In addition, it makes a preliminary evaluation of the quality of public expenditure in terms of the functions of government and spatial allocation. This paper also assesses the extent to which the structure of public expenditure is aligned to the sector’s policies and strategies.

The specific questions addressed in this paper include: What is the overall share of agriculture in total public expenditure and how is Mozambique progressing towards satisfying NEPAD’s Maputo Declaration? How does the provision of public goods fare in the overall government expenditure on agriculture? Is the spatial expenditure on agriculture aligned with sector-strategic targets and objectives?

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Zavale, H., Mlay, G., Boughton, D., Chamusso, A., and Chilonda, P. "The Structure and Trends of Public Expenditure on Agriculture in Mozambique." ReSAKSS Working Paper 34. 2011.
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