Although there is already a large number of analyses on individual instruments here presented, so far there is no compendium similar to AgripolicyKit , which allows policy advisers and makers to quickly get an overview of potential policy solutions for their country-specific challenges. The agri-food sector is diverse and requires knowledge of agricultural plant and animal production as well as trade, markets, price, hygiene and health, water management, social security, financing, mechanisation, logistics and transport, communication, energy and more. AgripolicyKit takes this diversity into account and provides decision-makers and their advisors with a platform that neutrally portrays a wide variety of instruments used in the context of the agri-food sector worldwide. Whether the instrument is really suitable for the country-specific context must then be examined in the context of in-depth analysis.
AgripolicyKit presents each instrument clearly with both its advantages and disadvantages. In addition, it depicts at a glance which administrative requirements for implementation should be met, how costly the instrument is, how long it takes for the instrument to take effect or which ministries should be involved in its implementation. Whether the instrument is really suitable for the country-specific context must then be examined in the context of in-depth analysis.
Open-source and independent
The cooperation between different public institutions from different countries allows for an independent and cost-free presentation of the AgripolicyKit. None of the content presented necessarily reflects the views and positions of an individual institution involved; it is rather the result of a joint effort of compiling evidence-based information.
The right „Policy mix“
Social, environmental, political and economic factors that need to be taken into account when choosing appropriate instruments vary from country to country. Different instruments can mutually amplify each other's effects, but they can also hinder each other. Instruments successfully used in a resource-rich and populous country may be unsuccessful in another. Therefore, no recommendation is made on the use of certain instruments. It is the responsibility of the user to choose which instruments to select and then analyse and test for their suitability within an in-depth analysis.
Be a part
As "the variety of instruments available to policy makers to address a policy problem is limited only by their imagination", a compilation of political instruments can never be finalised. It is a "living compendium" that evolves only through contributions and experiences of active policy advisors. In this respect, we are pleased to receive contributions and comments on existing instruments, feedback on application experiences as well as the addition of currently still missing instruments. Please contact: email@example.com.
AgripolicyKit is constantly evolving. In a next step, for example, the linkage between certain instruments and internationally active universities in areas relevant to the instrument (e. g. in modeling) is planned. Institutions and universities interested in collaborating are welcome to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
This website is the result of a teamwork that started in 2015. Special thanks go to Julia Reimers, Prof Dr Christine Wieck and Dr Helmut Born as well as Dr Thomas Breuer, Bastian Domke, Tarquin Meszaros, Heike Höffler, Karl-Martin Lüth, Dr Paul Armbruster and Kai Kochanowski.
In addition, our thanks also go to the following individuals, who - in various ways - have made voluntary contributions to this website and its content:
Dr Helmut Albert | Geert Balzer | Georg Bokeloh | Dr Ariane Borgstedt | Dr Michael Brüntrup | Johannes Dill | Ousmane Djibo | Dr Wilhelm Elfring | Dr Arndt Feuerbacher | Mark Fynn | Dr Jana Höffken |Simon Hörhold | Ute Jakob | Adelheid Kückelhaus | Jens Koy | Christoph Langenkamp | Waqas Malik | Kristina Mensah | Shadrack Mutavi | Dorothe Nett | Dr Gerhard Rappold | Nelly Florence Marie de la Sal Saholimananalintsoa | Hannah Scheuermann | Katharina Schlemper | Jutta Schmitz | Vehaka Tjimune | Dr Edda Thiele | Suriyan Vichitlekarn