IFPRI activities in Africa

IFPRI activities in Africa

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
2011

To help increase its effectiveness and as part of its decentralization policy, IFPRI has established regional and country offices in various parts of the developing world. As a global research institute, IFPRI believes its researchers should be located where they are most needed and where they can have the greatest impact. At present, IFPRI has regional offices for Asia (in New Delhi, India), Eastern and Southern Africa (in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), and West and Central Africa (in Dakar, Senegal). These offices offer local stakeholders broader access to IFPRI’s public goods while allowing the Institute to better align its portfolio with the needs of the regions and individual countries. In addition to regional offices, IFPRI has eight country offices located in Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Activities in Africa account for more than 50 percent of the Institute’s overall resources. The Africa regional offices actively work with African governments and stakeholders to provide policy-relevant advice and knowledge products. For instance, IFPRI is supporting the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) by providing expertise and developing capacities at the country and regional levels to meet the analytical and knowledge needs of evidence- and outcome-based agricultural policy planning and implementation. IFPRI conducts this work in close collaboration with the African Union Commission, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordination Agency, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), governments, and other key stakeholders at the regional and country levels. The output from this collaboration includes more than 100 technical papers on agricultural growth and investment trends and strategic options for poverty reduction. More than 20 countries, including all 15 ECOWAS countries, have adopted CAADP compacts and investment plans based on the work from this collaboration. In addition to its publications, such as research monographs, food policy reports, policy briefs, and discussion papers, IFPRI also produces various knowledge products.