As co-ordinator of this site I welcome queries from readers. I have worked in agricultural development for almost 50 years in developed, underdeveloped and transition economies. This is a fascinating and complex topic where there is still much to learn and even more to be applied to the benefit of the rural constituencies worldwide.
As an extension service to agricultural practitioners we welcome queries and feedback. Please send any queries and feedback directly to me on:
Hector W. McNeill
SEEL-Systems Engineering Economics Lab
We monitor, analyse and develop best practice in the methods of determining agricultural sector quantitative gap analysis based on participatory methods to identify agricultural constituency needs. We provide guidance on methods of identify policy options and instruments and to manage the policy cycle including monitoring and evaluation and end of production/policy cycle diagnostic assessments.
The management of the policy cycle requires a disciplined application of robust quantitative methods applied within a decision analysis framework making use of deterministic (cause and effect) relationship models based on high quality information and objective assessments of the likelihood of events based on statistical evidence/experience.
Decision analysis model effectiveness depends upon the collection of accurate representative data on production performance which provides a basis for quantifying technical, economic and financial benchmarks against which to determine: