This paper considers the level, composition and distribution of public expenditures in the agricultural sector. The study was conducted as part of the Public Expenditure Review undertaken jointly by the Government of Viet Nam and the World Bank in 2000. Despite tremendous achievements in the agricultural and rural sectors, improvements to Viet Nam’s public expenditure management could lead to even stronger performance. In addition to the long term needs of enhancing the budgetary process, fiscal transparency, coordination between ministries, and targeting of public expenditures to poorer provinces, there are three important issues that the country could tackle in the agricultural sector immediately: (1) Reallocate public spending from investment in private goods such as marketing and processing into public goods such as agricultural research and extension; (2) Base the irrigation water fee on consumption; (3) Extend pilot projects to develop water user associations.
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)