Food and Agriculture Policy Decision Analysis

The Food and Agriculture Policy Classification is the key to FAPDA.

The classification was elaborated based on FAO’s Guide for Policy and Programmatic Actions at Country Level to Address High Food Prices (2008).

The policy responses analyzed here are classified into three main groups:

⇒ Consumer-oriented policies, provide direct support to consumers and vulnerable groups such as cash transfers and other social safety nets, food assistance (e.g. school feeding), price controls (e.g. fixed maximum price for consumers supported by subsidies);

⇒ Producer-oriented policies, influence production using measures such as fixed minimum producers prices, public purchase mechanism and distribution of subsidized inputs;

⇒ Trade-oriented and Macroeconomic policies, include trade policy instruments such as tariffs and exports control to impact prices and/or domestic supply, as well as the management of the exchange rate.

Under each of these groups, there are specific sub-categories that allow you to classify policies in more detail and facilitate the consultation and analysis.
There are 4 levels according to the FAPDA Policy Classification; the first two are illustrated below.