Previous studies on the impact of agricultural policies in Africa were carried out on a one-off basis. Recognizing the need for a more sustainable approach, MAFAP works with national institutions to make measuring and monitoring policy performance part of their regular work.
In particular, MAFAP measures how different policies and markets affect the prices farmers receive for their products and the prices consumers pay. It compares these prices with what they would be if current policies or constraints in access to markets did not exist. When there are big differences between incentives for farmers and consumers, MAFAP examines the causes of the disparity.
Based on a solid understanding of how prices are affected, MAFAP can help policymakers explore options for enhancing incentives aimed at supporting farmers, while keeping prices affordable for consumers.