Agricultural policy incentives in sub-Saharan Africa in the last decade (2005–2016): Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) synthesis study
|Post date||Wednesday, 6 June, 2018 - 19:10|
|Document Type||Report, Monitoring Report|
|Content Themes||Resilience, Response Monitoring, Agriculture, Livelihoods|
|Sources||FAO, Food Security Cluster, Food Security Sector|
Monitoring food and agriculture policies and their effects is crucial to support decision makers in developing countries to take better informed decisions on their agricultural and food policies. A systematic and rigorous exercise, based on internationally-recognized methodologies that generate indicators comparable across countries and time, is needed to measure the level and trend of policy support to the agriculture sector, as well as to highlight the degree of consistency of policies with stated development objectives at national and regional level. Since 2009, FAO’s Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) programme has been working in several developing countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, to consolidate and strengthen policy monitoring systems at country level, in close partnership with local government institutions and national and international research organizations. Through its approach, MAFAP supports the development of institutional capacity and the creation of a community of practice on policy measurement and monitoring. The MAFAP programme produces two types of indicators, focusing on price incentives and public expenditure, respectively. Price incentives indicators, including the Nominal Rate of Protection and the Market Development Gap, allow to measure the effect of trade and market policies and inefficiencies on the degree of price incentives faced by farmers and other agents (such as traders and consumers) in key commodity value chains, both food staple and cash crops.