Country Development Strategy

Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support Systems (SAKSS)

As African governments and their partners begin identifying areas for agricultural and rural investment and policy intervention, it is crucial that the links between investments, agricultural growth, and poverty reduction are clearly understood. To this end, the Development Strategy and Governance (DSG) Division at IFPRI has taken the lead in launching a Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (SAKSS) that compiles, analyzes, and disseminates data, information, and tools in order to help inform the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of rural development strategies in order to make them more effective. Envisioned as an international public good, the intended users of SAKSS include not only African governments and donors but also local and international research institutes and universities, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. As such, SAKSS is being established as a network among these key partners.

Recognizing agriculture’s role as a catalyst for development, African governments are directing resources to the agricultural sector in an attempt to accelerate growth and poverty reduction. The Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (SAKSS) compiles, analyzes, and disseminates data, information, and tools to help governments and partners better design, implement, and evaluate their agriculture and rural development strategies.

Envisioned as an international public good, the intended users of SAKSS include not only African governments and donors but also local and international research institutes and universities, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations.

At the national level, the country strategy support programs are implementing SAKSS and rural economic knowledge support systems (REKSS).

At the regional level, SAKSS has been integrated into the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) program, an Africa-wide network that supports the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and other regional agricultural development initiatives.

The SAKSS concept is also an important part of DSG’s support for USAID’s Initiative to End Hunger in Africa (IEHA).