The most important contribution of the support by IFPRI is that it is facilitating access to knowledge and capacities that are needed to create the right policy environment for a successful implementation of national agricultural investment plans under the CAADP agenda. In particular, the design and review of country investment plans has been guided by research carried out or coordinated by IFPRI. In 2010 research and analytical work by IFPRI fed into country background documents for CAADP roundtable meetings held in 10 countries and into investment plans of over 24 countries—which include all 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The analyses helped to inform dialogue and review processes of CAADP roundtable, technical review, and business meetings in over a dozen countries attended by Ministries of Finance, Economic Planning, and Agriculture as well as key stakeholders from farmers groups, private sector, development partners, and donors. To date, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Togo, Sierra Leone and Niger have received a total of US $ 223.5 million from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program to help finance their agricultural investment plans. African governments have also taken steps to increase their own funding for the plans.
ReSAKSS continues to help create databases, tools, and methodologies that can be used to track agricultural sector progress and performance and thus facilitate future fine-tuning and adjustment of agricultural investment plans. In particular, through its web-based knowledge products, flagship trends reports, and capacity support, ReSAKSS has made ample progress in helping to inform and guide CAADP implementation processes. Recently, the CAADP monitoring and evaluation framework developed by ReSAKSS was validated by the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency and African Union Commission as the primary tool for tracking CAADP implementation.
The African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium was successfully launched at a workshop held in Dakar, Senegal in October 2010. Since the workshop, AGRODEP managers have made considerable progress in laying the foundation of having a first-class modeling consortium in Africa. A website that will provide an interactive data portal interface along with state of the art modeling tools for use by AGRODEP modelers and collaborating partners is currently being developed. Already, AGRODEP has a membership of 30 Africa-based members, 30 percent of which are women from various parts of Africa. The membership is anticipated to grow up to 50 by the end of 2011 and eventually to about 150 in 2-3 years.