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Expert Consultation Workshop on the Development of an Agricultural Formulation Toolkit, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 17 to 19 April 2013

FAO Policy Development Toolkit
An Expert Consultation Workshop, organized by FAO SFS with the support of the Barefoot Education for Africa Trust (BEAT), was held from 17 to 19 April in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss the design of an online Policy Development Toolkit that will provide additional practical resources to policy formulation in the sub region.

Aims of the toolkit
Toolkit aims to cover the whole policy cycle: e.g.: identification of development issues, setting development objectives, identification of policy instruments, ex-ante socio-economic and environmental impact analysis of policy options, macro-sector and global implications of policies and external shocks, design of policy implementation and policy monitoring frameworks, analysis of the institutional set up and institutional changes required for policy implementation, policy evaluation and other ex-post exercises.

Initially, the toolkit will cover the policy formulation phase of agricultural policies and subsequently it will also cover environmental, rural development and food and nutrition security policies: a web-based user interface is also envisaged. The toolkit can be enhanced at a later stage to include additional phases of the policy cycle and can further focus on approaches and tools suitable to screen policies on economic, social and environmental grounds, highlighting policy impacts in these domains.

Relevance of the toolkit for FAO policy assistance
This tool supports FAO’s efforts in providing independent, high quality policy support in areas of major concern to member countries and provides access to suitable tools to shape both the content of policies and their process.

Workshop participants highlighted the need to strengthen policies in most CAADP country processes to build coherence between long-term development objectives and actions such as the National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs). There is also a need to increase capacities to formulate policies to achieve inclusive growth through the provision of tools associated to capacity development.

Current available FAO tools for policy making presented at the Expert Consultation Workshop and synergies

  • Sample guidelines for policy making existing at FAO, such as the Guidelines for Forestry Policy Formulation, the Guidelines for Quantitative Value Chain Analysis and the material on Bio-Energy and Food Security (BEFS)
  • Selected analytical tools for policy impact analysis, such as the FAO-VCA software tool for value chain analysis, the FAO Agriculture Global Partial equilibrium Model (GAPM) for long-term scenario building and the EX-ACT tool for carbon balance analyses
  • and
  • EASYPol, the web-based publishing series and knowledge exchange platform (www.fao.org/easypol)

  • Interlinkages with existing FAO policy relevant resources will be explored to fully exploit synergies, in particular with EASYPol.

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    Region: Africa