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Comparing Policy Performance

“Only by having a common set of indicators, can we compare agricultural policies in different African countries.” MAFAP’s unique database makes it possible to compare the effects of agricultural policies in ten African countries over time and for more than twenty commodities.


A consistent set of indicators makes it easier to understand how different policies work in various contexts. Policy makers from different countries will thus be able to learn from one another. In particular, MAFAP indicators make it possible to compare:

  • the effects of incentives and disincentives for a specific commodity over time and in different countries;
  • how incentives affect different commodities in the same country; and
  • public spending in the agricultural sector, and how it is broken down into various components such as agricultural research, subsidies, infrastructure, etc.

Comparing agricultural policies in Mali and Burkina Faso

In November 2012, researchers from Mali and Burkina Faso met with a team from FAO and a representative from the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) to compare results from MAFAP analyses of commodities such as rice, cotton and sorghum. This led to a deeper understanding of the effects of agricultural policies within each country and in the region.

Papers comparing indicators for maize, rice and cotton in MAFAP countries have been prepared and are available on our website