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Mr Colin Poulton

Overview

Colin Poulton
Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

CeDEP Academic Director

SOAS Food Studies Centre

Member, SOAS Centre for Food Studies

Name:
Mr Colin Poulton
Email address:
Telephone:
020 3073 8327
Office No:
LIDC 203

Biography

Colin is a Reader in Development Policy, rural development and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has a particular interest in the application of new institutional economics to questions of market coordination, development of rural financial markets, the organisation and performance of cotton systems, and technology adoption.

Research

  • Involvement in the Future Agricultures Consortium, which aims to encourage debate and policy dialogue on the future of agriculture in Africa. The particular focus of work by CeDEP staff is social protection and agricultural growth (Andrew Dorward) and policy processes (Colin Poulton) working principally in Malawi and Kenya respectively.
    CeDEP staff members involved: Andrew Dorward and Colin Poulton
    For more information, check FAC website
  • The Millennium Development Goals: A Cross-sectoral Analysis and Principles for Goal Setting Post-2015. Under the leadership of the London International Development Centre (LIDC), An interdisciplinary and intersectoral team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Institute of Education (IoE) and SOAS has been commissioned by Lancet (the world’s leading general medical journal) to produce a paper setting out lessons learned from the MDGs and ways forward, ahead of world leaders gathering to discuss these challenges at a summit at the United Nations in New York from 20-22 September. 
    CeDEP staff members involved: Andrew Dorward and Colin Poulton
  • A nine-country comparative study of African cotton industries, organised by the World Bank.
    CeDEP staff member involved: Colin Poulton

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Experience

- Consultant on Comparative Study of Cotton Sector Reform in SSA – funded by World Bank (commenced 10/2006; finished 01/2010; led by Patrick Labaste) - Principal Researcher for Competition and Coordination in Cotton Market Systems in Southern and Eastern Africa – funded by ESCOR (commenced 1/2002; finished 3/2005); project assembled researchers from UK, US, Denmark, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Available for
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
Languages

Publications

Authored Books

Poulton, Colin and Poole, Nigel (2001) Market Systems Analysis. Wye: External Programme, Imperial College at Wye.

Edited Books

Kirsten, J. F. and Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin and Vink, N., eds. (2009) Institutional Economics Perspectives on African Agricultural Development. Washington D. C.: International Food Policy Research Institute.

Tschirley, D. and Poulton, Colin and Labaste, P., eds. (2009) Organization and Performance of Cotton Sectors in Africa: Learning from Reform Experience. Washington D. C.: World Bank.

Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poulton, Colin, eds. (1998) Smallholder cash crop production under market liberalisation: a new institutional economics perspective. Wallingford: CAB Internat.

Book Chapters

Dorward, Andrew and Kirsten, J. F. and Omamo, S. W. and Poulton, Colin and Vink, N (2009) 'Institutions and the Agricultural Development Challenge in Africa.' In: Kirsten, J. F. and Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin and Vink, N, (eds.), Institutional Economics Perspectives on African Agricultural Development. Washington D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute.

Tschirley, D. and Poulton, Colin and Boughton, D. (2008) 'The Many Paths of Cotton Sector Reform in East and Southern Africa: Lessons from a Decade of Experience.' In: Moseley, W. and Gray, L., (eds.), Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization and Poverty in Africa. Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute / Ohio University Press, pp. 123-158.

Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poulton, Colin (2007) 'Price intervention in Sub-Saharan African agriculture: can an institutionalist view alter our conception of the costs and benefits?' In: Koning, N. and Pinstrup-Andersen, P., (eds.), Agricultural trade liberalization and the least developed countries. Dortrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Kydd, Jonathan and Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin (2003) 'Institutional Dimensions of Trade Liberalisation and Poverty.' In: Agricultural Trade and Poverty: Making Policy Analysis Count. Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Kydd, Jonathan and Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin (2002) 'New institutional economics, agricultural parastatals and marketing policy.' In: Livingstone, I. and Belshaw, D., (eds.), Renewing development in Sub-Saharan Africa: policy, performance, and prospects. London: Routledge, pp. 166-175.

Coulter, J. and Poulton, Colin (2001) 'Cereal Market Liberalization in Africa.' In: Akiyama, T. and Baffes, J. and Larson, D. and Varangis, P., (eds.), Commodity Market Reforms: Lessons of Two Decades. Washington D. C.: World Bank. (World Bank Regional and Sectoral Studies)

Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Morrison, J. and Poulton, Colin and Smith, Laurence (2000) 'New Institutional Economics: Insights on Innovation Dissemination and UptakE.' In: Hainsworth, S.D. and Eden-Green, S.J., (eds.), Sustaining change: proceedings of a workshop on the factors affecting uptake and adoption of Department for International Development (DFID) Crop Protection Programme (CPP) research outputs ; 21-23 June 2000, Imperial College at Wye, Kent, UK. Chatham Maritime, Kent, UK: Natural Resources International Limited, pp. 97-103.

Kydd, Jonathan and Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin (1998) 'Conclusions: New Institutional Economics, Policy Debates and the research Agenda.' In: Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poulton, Colin, (eds.), Smallholder cash crop production under market liberalisation: a new institutional economics perspective. Wallingford: CAB Internat.

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poole, N. and Smith, L. (1998) 'A New Institutional Economics Perspective on Current Policy Debates.' In: Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poulton, Colin, (eds.), Smallholder cash crop production under market liberalisation: a new institutional economics perspective. Wallingford: CAB Internat.

Articles

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan (2010) 'The Future of Small Farms: New Directions for Services, Institutions and Intermediation.' World Development, 38 (10). pp. 1413-1428.

Hazell, Peter and Poulton, Colin and Wiggins, S. (2010) 'The Future of Small Farms.' World Development, 38 (10). pp. 1453-1526.

Tschirley, D. and Poulton, Colin and Gergely, N. and Labaste, P. and Baffes, J. and Boughton, D. and Estur, G. (2010) 'Institutional Diversity and Performance in African Cotton Systems.' Development Policy Review, 28 (3). pp. 295-323.

Waage, J and Banerji, R and Cambell, O and Chirwa, E. and Collender, G and Dieltiens, V and Dorward, A and Godfrey-Faussett, P and Hanvoravongchai, P and Kingdon, G. and Little, A and Mills, A and Mulholland, K and Mwinga, A and North, A and Patcharanarumol, W and Poulton, C and Tangcharoensathien, V and Unterhalter, E (2010) 'The Millennium Development Goals: a cross-sectoral analysis and principles for goal setting after 2015.' The Lancet Commission .

Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poulton, Colin and Bezemer, Dirk (2009) 'Coordination risk and cost impacts on economic development in poor rural areas.' Journal of Development Studies, 45 (7). pp. 1093-1112.

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Wiggins, S. (2006) 'State Intervention for Food Price Stabilisation in Africa: Can It Work?' Food Policy, 31 (4). pp. 342-356.

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan (2006) 'Overcoming Market Constraints to Pro-Poor Agricultural Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.' Development Policy Review, 24 (3). pp. 243-77.

Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Morrison, J. and Poulton, Colin (2005) 'Institutions, Markets and Economic Co-ordination: Linking Development Policy to Theory and Praxis.' Development and Change, 36 (1). pp. 1-25.

Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poulton, Colin (2005) 'Beyond Liberalisation: "Developmental Coordination" Policies for African Smallholder Agriculture.' IDS Bulletin, 36 (2). pp. 80-85.

Randolph, T.F. and Poulton, Colin and Morrison, J.A. (2005) 'Evaluating Equity Impacts of Animal Disease Control: The Case of Foot and Mouth Disease in Zimbabwe.' Review of Agricultural Economics, 27 (3). pp. 465-472.

Poulton, Colin and Gibbon, P. and Hanyani-Mlambo, B. and Kydd, Jonathan and Maro, W. and Larsen, M. N. and Osorio, A. and Tschirley, D. and Zulu, B. (2005) 'Competition and Coordination in Liberalized African Cotton Market Systems.' World Development, 32 (3). pp. 519-536.

Dorward, Andrew and Fan, S. and Kydd, Jonathan and Lofgren, H. and Morrison, J. and Poulton, Colin and Rao, N. and Smith, L. and Tchale, H. (2004) 'Institutions and Policies for Pro-poor Agricultural Growth.' Development Policy Review, 22 (6). pp. 611-622.

Poulton, Colin and Mukwereza, L. and Chaonwa, W. and Loader, R. and Mariga, K. and Masanganise, P. and Sanyatwe, D. and Piesse, J. (2000) 'Providing marketing information to smallholders in Zimbabwe: what can the state usefully do?' Agrekon, 39 (4). pp. 718-729.

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan (1998) 'The Revival of Smallholder Cash Crops in Africa: Public and Private Roles in the Provision of Finance.' Journal of International Development, 10 (1). pp. 85-103.

Conference or Workshop Items

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew (2008) Getting Agriculture Moving: role of the state in increasing staple food crop productivity with special reference to coordination, input subsidies, credit and price stablisation. In: AGRA Policy Workshop, June, Nairobi, Kenya.

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew (2005) Conceptualising Coordination for Market Development. In: Development Studies Association annual conference “Connecting People and Places: Challenges and Opportunities for Development", 7-9th September 2005, Milton Keynes.

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan (2005) The Future of Small Farms: New Directions for Services, Institutions and Intermediation. In: The Future of Small Farms Workshop, 26-29 June 2005, Imperial College, Wye, UK.

Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poulton, Colin and Bezemer, D. (2005) Coordination Risk and Cost Impacts on Economic Development in Poor Rural Areas. In: Agricultural Economics Society Conference, April, Nottingham. (Unpublished)

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew (2005) Conceptualising Coordination for Market System Development. In: Development Studies Association Conference, September, Milton Keynes. (Unpublished)

Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin and Morrison, J. and Tchale, H. (2004) Disaggregated Impacts of Agricultural Policy Reform on Poor Rural Households: Linking Household, Rural Economy and Economy-wide Analysis. In: OECD Global Forum on Agriculture: Designing and Implementing Prop-Poor Agricultural Policies. (Unpublished)

Dorward, Andrew and Morrison, J. A. and Poulton, Colin and Tchale, H. (2003) Disaggregated Impacts of Agricultural Policy Reform on Rural Households in Malawi. In: First Meeting of the OECD Global Forum on Agriculture: Designing and Implementing Pro-Poor Agricultural Policies, 10-11 December, Paris. (Unpublished)

Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin and Kydd, Jonathan (2001) Rural and Farmer Finance: An International Perspective (with particular reference to Sub Saharan Africa). In: Workshop on Rural Finance, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa Conference, 19th September. (Unpublished)

Monographs

Poulton, Colin (2009) An Assessment of Alternative Mechanisms for Leveraging Private Sector Involvement in Poorly Functioning Value Chains. Rome: F. A. O..

Devereux, S. and Sabates-Wheeler, R. and Guenther, B. and Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin and Al-Hassan, R. (2008) Linking Social Protection and Support to Small Farmer Development. F. A. O..

Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin (2008) The Global Fertiliser Crisis and Africa. Sussex: Future Agricultures Consortium.

Dorward, Andrew and Hazell, P. B. R. and Poulton, Colin (2008) Rethinking Agricultural Input Subsidies in Poor Rural Economies. Sussex: Future Agricultures Consortium.

Hazell, Peter and Poulton, Colin and Wiggins, Steve and Dorward, Andrew (2007) The Future of Small Farms for Poverty Reduction and Growth. 2020 Discussion Paper; No.42. Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute.

Poulton, Colin (2007) Bulk Export Commodities: Trends and Challenges. Washington D. C.: World Bank.

Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poulton, Colin (2006) Traditional domestic markets and marketing systems for agricultural products. Background paper for 2008 World Development Report. The World Bank.

Poulton, Colin and Mangheni, M. and Okwadi, J. and Kilewe, A. (2006) External Evaluation Report for the Maendeleo Agricultural Technology Fund.

Poulton, Colin and Kydd, Jonathan and Dorward, Andrew (2004) Overcoming Market Constraints to Pro-Poor Agricultural Growth in Sub Saharan Africa. Paper prepared for the Africa Commission, November 2004.

Dorward, Andrew and Fan, S. and Kydd, Jonathan and Lofgren, H. and Morrison, J. and Poulton, Colin and Rao, N. and Smith, L. and Tchale, H. (2004) Institutions and Economic Policies for Pro-poor Agricultural Growth. IFPRI Discussion paper DSG 15.

Peacock, C. and Jowett, A. and Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin and Urey, I. (2004) Reaching the poor: a call to action Investment in smallholder agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. London: FARM-Africa; Harvest Help; Centre for Development and Poverty Reduction, Imperial College.

Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Poulton, Colin and Stockbridge, M (2004) Agricultural Liberalisation in Sub-Saharan Africa [Prepared for EC-PREP]. London: Department of Agricultural Sciences, Imperial College.

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew (2003) The Role of Market-based Economic Development in Strengthening Food Security. Forum for Food Security in Southern Africa.

Poulton, Colin and Dorward, Andrew (2003) Modelling Poor Farm Households Livelihoods in Zimbabwe. Wye, Ashford, Kent: Department of Agricultural Sciences, Imperial College London..

Poulton, Colin and Al-Hassan, R. and Cadisch, G. and Reddy, C. and Smith, Laurence (2001) The Cash Crop Versus Food Crop Debate. DFID Crop Post-Harvest Programme Issues Paper 3.

Kydd, Jonathan and Dorward, Andrew and Poulton, Colin (2000) Globalisation and its Implications for the Natural Resources Sector: a closer look at the role of Agriculture in the Global Economy. DFID.

Poole, Nigel and Kydd, Jonathan and Loader, R. and Lynch, K. and Poulton, Colin and Wilkin, K. (2000) Literature Review - Overcoming informational constraints: improving horticultural marketing and technical information flows to smallholders. Wye, Kent: Wye College.

Poulton, Colin and Killick, T. and Kydd, Jonathan (2000) The Rural Poor and the Wider Economy: The Problem of Market Access. Rome: IFAD.

Poulton, Colin and Tyler, G. and Dorward, Andrew and Kydd, Jonathan and Stockbridge, Mike Commercial Agriculture in Africa: Lessons from Success and Failure. Washington D. C.: World Bank.

Other

Dorward, Andrew and Hazell, Peter and Poulton, Colin (2008) 'Rethinking Agricultural Input Subsidies in Poor Rural Economies.' Future Agricultures Briefing Paper.

Chirwa, E. W. and Dorward, Andrew and Kachule, R. and Kumwenda, I. and Kydd, Jonathan and Poole, N. and Poulton, Colin and Stockbridge, S. (2005) 'Walking Tightropes: Supporting Farmer Organisations for Market Access.' Natural Resource Perspectives; 99 (Overseas Development Institute, September 2005).

Dorward, Andrew and Fan, S. and Kydd, Jonathan and Lofgren, H. and Morrison, J. and Poulton, Colin and Rao, N. and Smith, L. and Tchale, H. and Thorat, S. and Urey, I. and Wobst, P. (2004) 'Rethinking agricultural policies for pro-poor growth.' Natural Resource Perspectives; 94 (Overseas Development Institute, September 2004).

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