Frequently Asked Questions


  • EASYPol is a multilingual repository of freely downloadable resources for policy making in agriculture, rural development and food security.These resources focus on policy findings, methodological tools and capacity development.
  • EASYPol targets all audiences involved or interested in policy making, such as:

    • Policy advisors and practitioners, who will find operational tools, and guidelines to support their work.
    • Trainers in policy matters, who will find capacity building materials to build training courses.
    • Policy makers, who will find concise and focused overviews regarding different development issues.
    • Students, who may download materials to complement or deepen their curricula.
    • Staff of different organizations (ministries, international organizations etc), who can find materials for self-training and on-the-job updates.
  • EASYPol modules and resource materials can be downloaded free of charge. In addition, reproduction and dissemination of material contained on EASYPol for educational or other non-commercial purposes are authorized without any prior written permission from the copyright holders provided the source is fully acknowledged. Reproduction of material for resale or other commercial purposes is prohibited without the written permission of the copyright holders. For additional information see: http://www.fao.org/copyright_en.htm

  • The Policy Assistance Support Service, Policy and Programme Development Support Division, FAO, is responsible for the development, quality control, maintenance and coordination of the modules and the resource materials contained within EASYPol.
    After many years' experience in preparing and disseminating capacity building material, the Agricultural Policy Support Service decided to enhance the access to, and quality of its materials through EASYPol.
  • Modules in EASYPol are concise and focused didactical units that are interlinked between themselves. Modules comprise text documents in different formats such as pdf, html, and complementary material, such as exercises on spreadsheets, specific software, presentations.
  • Modules in EASYPol are classified by various criteria, amongst which, by topics and sub-topics, according to a multi-level topic/sub-topic structure. Each module is associated at least to one 'first level' topic. Click Browse by topics to view the list of topics:
    • Agriculture and the macroeconomic context: includes macro-sector linkages, inter-sectoral conflicts and synergies, impacts of macro-policies on the sector, 'Dutch disease' and related issues, multiplier effects, etc;
    • Agricultural and sub-sectoral policies: includes, among others: pricing policies, irrigation policies, input supply and marketing, technology, extension policies and so on.
    • Environment and sustainable resource management: refers to environmental sustainability of development, environmental externalities, environmental rules and regulations, payments for environmental services, conflicts in resource use, long term optimal allocation of resources, among other.
    • Institutional and organizational development: refers to the role and participation of civil society and private sector, inter-ministerial coordination, internal structure of public organisations, decentralisation, institutional aspects of policy delivery, policy process among others.
    • Investment planning and policies: covers themes such as: Planning and management of rural development projects and programmes, Official Development Assistance.(ODA) Foreign direct investments.
    • Poverty and food security: includes equity issues, sub-sectoral policies for poverty reduction, food availability and stability, entitlements to food, income and consumption distribution, hunger and poverty relationships, urban poverty and food security, etc.
    • Agro-industry and food chain policies: covers topics such as policies for value added generation and distribution in commodity chains, agro-processing and marketing.
    • Regional integration and international trade: covers features and improvement of the international markets, trade agreements, trade and development, international trade and competitiveness.
    • Rural development: addresses topics related to the development of the rural space and includes themes such as: gender aspects, on farm/off farm development, value added generation in rural areas, rural-urban flows of factors and migrations, rural finance. area- based development.
  • Modules in EASYPol are classified by type according to their content and likely users. Click Browse by type to view the list of categories:
    • Issue papers provide general highlights on a specific theme, relevant for policy making with regards to agricultural and rural development.
    • Conceptual and technical materials include two main sub-sets: a) Thematic analyses; i.e., what the theme is about, as a further elaboration of thematic issues outlined in the Issue papers, and b) Methodological processes, i.e., how to approach specific questions and issues, providing methodological guidance (guidelines) with concrete qualitative and/or numerical examples.
    • Analytical toolscomprise instruments to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses in concrete situations. Analytical tools are organised at two levels: a) simplified (for illustration); b) real-case (for operational purposes).
    • Applied work refers to applications to real situations of concepts, methods and tools, comprising: a) case studies, illustrating, in a structured and didactical way, the application of concepts, methods and tools; and b) other applied work, such as comparative studies, workshop reports, country-specific materials.
    • Complementary resources or documents for readers' information. Complementary resources or documents for readers' information, stored in EASYPol for users' ease of reference.

    For more info about the types of material in EASYPol see the Help page
  • A resource package is a set of interlinked modules in various formats covering a thematic domain or a specific area of policy work. Click on Browse by resource packages to view the list.