Facilitating Evidence and Outcome Based Policy Planning and Implementation in Africa

Woman plowing soil. Mali.

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) aims to put African countries on a path to higher and sustained economic growth through agriculture-led development. As more African countries align their agricultural strategies with the CAADP agenda and prepare agricultural investment plans as part of the CAADP country roundtable process, the demand for analytical services and capacities is expected to rise significantly and rapidly. In particular, there will be greater need to carry out studies to establish high quality indicator baselines to measure and track implementation and outcome targets. Additionally, national and regional dialogue and review processes, which are critical to improving policy efficiency and outcomes, will require a steady stream of targeted information and knowledge products as well as technical capacities.

Therefore, the primary objective of IFPRI’s support to the CAADP implementation process under phase 2 is to help ensure sufficient capacities at country and regional levels that continue to meet the analytical and knowledge needs of the CAADP agenda for evidence and outcome based agricultural policy planning and implementation. This work extends the technical and analytical support that IFPRI provided under phase 1 to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Secretariat and leading African regional economic communities (RECs) to help accelerate the implementation of the CAADP agenda at the country and regional levels.

The first objective of the program is to consolidate the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support Systems (ReSAKSS). ReSAKSS and its network of 3 regional nodes in East and Central Africa (ECA), Southern Africa (SA), and West Africa (WA) were established during the first phase of IFPRI’s support to CAADP to provide policy-relevant analyses, data, and tools in order to improve policymaking and inform benchmarking and review processes associated with CAADP implementation. Under the current phase 2, IFPRI will continue the development of ReSAKSS into a leading one-stop shop for strategic and operational information for regional economic communities (RECs) and their member states and prepare the transition of the 3 regional nodes for take-over by local institutions in 4-5 years.

The second objective is to establish an African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium. The specific objective of AGRODEP is to build upon an emerging critical mass of local modelers and the growing number of high quality data sets to create a world-class modeling community in Africa. The Consortium is co-sponsored by the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), and West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD). Specifically, AGRODEP will create a modeling infrastructure to give access to state of the art methodologies and tools and establish a database to make use of existing data sources and set up a clearing house mechanism to ensure the availability of high quality data for strategic analysis.

Background documents can be found on the ReSAKSS website