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International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
ISSN 2350-1561
Vol.5 (5), pp. 104-116, May 2017
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Article 17/ID/JPR018/13/ pages
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A review of agricultural policies in independent Togo (1960-2015)

Essossinam ALI

Applied Agricultural Economics and Policy,Department of Agricultural Economics and Consumer Science,University  of  Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
Faculty of Economic and Management Science,University of Kara,Togo.

Author’s Email: joachimali(at)

date Received: April 28, 2017     date Accepted: May 13, 2017     date Published: May 16, 2017


Various agricultural policies have been undertaken by Togolese policymakers since independence to respond to food insecurity issues. This study aims at reviewing these policies for better orientation of future agricultural policies. The green revolution policy launched in 1977 could have resulted in the upswing of the Togolese agriculture sector and a shift towards modernization and market orientation. Unfortunately, the weakness of institutions in charge of implementation, and inefficiency in management led to its failure. The liberalization policy that advocates the gradual reduction of agricultural support came to strengthen the economy. Non-evidence based policy-making, the social unrest and the political environment led to the collapse of investment opportunities and the failure of liberalization policy. The Government must look at its investment share and review the competitiveness of some sectors like cotton, coffee and cocoa. The processing of cash and tuber crops has to be encouraged through the capacity building of farmers and research institutions.

Key words: Agriculture, policies, Togo