Cross-sectoral coordination in the public sector

A challenge to leveraging agriculture for improving nutrition and health

Healthy and active lives for all require adequate access to food, care, employment, health services, and a healthy environment. None of these determinants of good health and nutrition is sufficient by itself; all of them are necessary. The most efficient policy approach involves, accordingly, a coordinated effort across the various public sector ministries and agencies concerned. However, most governments and government agencies are organized in a way
that makes coordination across sectors difficult to achieve.

This brief considers how these organizational barriers might be overcome, particularly in relation to the public agricultural sector. We examine the structure, priorities, and core competencies of sectoral agencies in government. Based on this overview, several approaches are suggested to foster better collaboration between agriculture and other sectors of government.

Author: 
Benson, Todd
Published date: 
2011
Publisher: 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Series number: 
10
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