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FAPDA Web-based Tool

The FAPDA web-based tool is one of the major components of FAPDA activities.

The tool was developed in 2011 with the support of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain so as to provide an electronic repository for food and agriculture policy decisions.
 The aim is to serve all stakeholders such as governments, development partners, regional economic organizations, civil society organizations, researchers, policy makers and the private sector.

Since 2016, FAPDA monitors and collects long-term policy frameworks as well.

Between 2008 and 2017, more than 10 000 policy decisions and more than 800 policy frameworks have been gathered and consolidated on the FAPDA tool which allows for the identification of policy trends and the analysis of policy mixes and policy coherence.

It also facilitates policy harmonization and informs the policy debate at national, regional and global level.

Policy decisions in the tool are classified based on the FAPDA Policy Classification and each policy inserted is properly verified and documented with the respective source of information.

New release and functionalities

In August 2016, FAPDA upgraded its web-based tool, featuring the collection and monitoring of policy frameworks in addition to policy decisions. The upgraded system aims at ensuring information on main policy frameworks related to agriculture and food security and nutrition, which include long and mid-term visions, plans, national policies, strategies and investment plans. 

Policy frameworks in the tool are classified according to the following categories: (i) National socio-economic development; (ii) Food security and nutrition; (iii) Agriculture and rural development; (iv) Social protection; (v) Natural resources; (vi) Trade and markets; (vii) Disaster risk reduction and management; and (viii) Gender.

The methodology employed to collect policy frameworks consists of desk reviews of official government documents and websites. Each policy framework inserted in the tool is properly validated and uploaded with its respective downloadable document.

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This sums up to a previous tool upgrade developed in 2015, when additional functions that facilitate research and analysis were released. New filters have been included to refine users’ search policy decisions by Commodity or Food Security dimension. The Download data function in Excel has also been expanded to enable quantitative analysis, with the introduction of numeric codes for the most relevant data.

Last but not least, any user is in a position to submit relevant policy decisions through a simple and direct form (downloadable).