IFPRI’s country-specific strategies have been incredibly influential in the past year. By request of the Ghanaian Ministry of Agriculture, the Ghana Strategy Support Program undertook a review of the public expenditure and institutional capacity of the Ministry. This review has become the basis for a multidonor organizational development initiative that is currently being created. The Ethiopia Strategy Support Program also had a very successful year as it moved into its second phase. The Program provided direct support to the Ethiopian government by establishing the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, which was successfully launched in April 2008 and continues to conduct trade on a weekly basis. Building on the successes of these country-specific strategy programs, IFPRI recently expanded its coverage to include programs in Mozambique and Malawi.
Similarly, in its effort to help design, implement, and monitor rural development strategies that align with the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) agenda, IFPRI’s Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) program has focused on analytical support at the country level. The Africa-wide network has tailored its agricultural strategies to individual countries in order to promote growth and, ultimately, reduce poverty and food insecurity. The recent launch of its new website allows the program to make its analysis, data, and interactive tools more readily available in an effort to facilitate the CAADP benchmarking and review processes. Four more countries—Burundi, Ethiopia, Togo, and Sierra Leone—have recently signed Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme country compacts, with an additional 20 scheduled to sign by the end of 2009.
Other focal areas under the Development Strategies theme include: