MAFAP enables national partners to set up and manage their own processes for monitoring food and agricultural policies. It works closely with stakeholders involved in the policy process from:
- national governments
- research and policy institutes
- statistics offices and CountrySTAT teams in MAFAP countries
MAFAP helps partners keep track of whether national governments are:
- achieving their objectives for public expenditure; and
- implementing policies that are congruent with national policy objectives and strategies such as the CAADP compacts.
Regional partners include:
- The Planning and Coordinating Agency of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD/NPCA)
- The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- The East African Community (ECA)
FAO’s global partners involved in MAFAP include donors, international agencies and research institutes such as:
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- The World Bank
- The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
The Institut d’Économie Rurale (IER), Ministry of Agriculture, Mali
The IER is the main agricultural research institute in Mali. Prior to MAFAP, the IER ‘s socioeconomic research focused mainly on value chain analysis and limited research on the impact of policies on agriculture existed.
To fill this gap, MAFAP helped IER develop its policy analysis and monitoring capacities and set up a policy analysis unit. This unit aims at providing research that will help policy makers understand the impact of their policy choices. It thereby links research and policy making by providing solid analysis.
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme
MAFAP analyzes how participating countries are implementing specific elements of their CAADP compact. The CAADP compact is a contract between donors, national governments and CAADP/NEPAD which identifies strategic opportunities for agricultural investment.
In particular, MAFAP looks at the impact of current policies and if they are coherent with the compact’s objectives. By keeping track of public expenditure on agriculture, MAFAP helps national governments understand if they are making progress in reaching the CAADP target of allocating ten percent of the national budget for agricultural development.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The OECD is a leader in the policy monitoring field for developed countries. MAFAP has worked with the OECD to adapt its policy monitoring methodology for use in developing countries.
In particular, MAFAP uses an indicator called the Nominal Rate of Assistance NRA) which tracks the amount and type of support African governments give to agriculture. The NRA is similar to OECD’s Producer Support Estimate PSE).
Both indicators can be used to monitor levels of government support to agriculture and how it is composed. The NRA, as calculated by MAFAP, makes it possible to estimate disincentives due to excessive costs or margins, bribes or rents. urthermore, all technical documents produced by MAFAP are reviewed by OECD’s PSE advisory group.
"MAFAP is expected to become an element of the CAADP monitoring and evaluation framework"
Martin Bwalya, Head of the NEPAD Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
“MAFAP is one of the most important programs monitoring agriculture policy in Africa today”
Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director of the Agriculture Development Division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
“…MAFAP’s experience and achievements will help us build sustainable policy monitoring systems at country, regional and global levels”
Jomo Sundaram, Assistant Director General, FAO
“…MAFAP’s tools and methodology, and the institutional framework it promotes, allow us to better understand and compare member states’ policies.”
Soumana Diallo, Permanent Secretary of the CRMV, Rural Development Department, West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)