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MAFAP Database Overview

The Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies Project (MAFAP) Database aims at providing access to data on:

  • market incentives and disincentives for key commodities; and
  • public expenditure on food, agriculture and rural development.

Period covered: 2005 to 2011

Areas covered:  Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda.

Objective: Supply African policymakers and their development partners with solid evidence on the impacts of policies and investments affecting agriculture and food security.

Price Incentives and Disincentives for Key Commodities 

MAFAP measures market price incentives and disincentives for producers and other agents in commodity markets. The analysis is based on the comparison between observed domestic prices and reference prices. Reference prices are calculated using the price of the commodity in the international market, which is considered a benchmark price free of the influence from domestic policies and markets.

The incentives and disincentives section of the database contains:

  • MAFAP Price Incentives and Disincentives Indicators, which include Price Gaps, Nominal Rates of Protection and Market Development Gaps;
  • Disaggregated Access Costs; and
  • Prices and other reference elements used for calculating MAFAP Indicators.

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Public Expenditure to Support the Food and Agriculture Sector

MAFAP captures public expenditures to support the development of the food, agriculture sector and rural development in partner countries. This section of the database contains:

  • budgeted and allocated resources; and
  • their financing source - whether national or funded by international donors.

The data presented is further decomposed in the following expenditure classifications:

  • Agricultural specific expenditure: direct (Payments to agents in the agro-food sector) and indirect (Agricultural sector support)
  • Rural development support

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Using the data

Important Note
The data base is a compilation of data from primary and secondary sources provided by partners in MAFAP countries. The original sources are cited. Please acknowledge the Monitoring Food and Agriculture Policies in Africa (MAFAP) programme data when using the data from this database. For in-depth information about secondary sources used and specific calculations please refer to the Country Commodity Technical Notes and Public Expenditures Analysis. For more information write to: mafap@fao.org

Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies, “MAFAP Price Incentives and Disincentives Database”. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rome. 2013. Accessible at: http://www.fao.org/mafap/database/en

How to use the Database

Step 1

Define the filters and measures.

Step 2

You can define the order of appearance of the indicators by a simple drag and drop of each element.

Step 3

Once you select the filters, click the "Execute" button on the top right to visualise the results. You can click on the green arrow on the top right to have a full-screen view. To exit full-screen mode click again on the green arrow on the top right.

Step 4

You can also download the data you selected by clicking on the two buttons on the top right (Export CSV or Export XLS).

FAO and MAFAP decline all responsibility for errors or deficiencies in the database or software or in the documentation accompanying it, for program maintenance and upgrading as well as for any damage that may arise from them. FAO and MAFAP also decline any responsibility for updating the data and assumes no responsibility for errors and omissions in the data provided. Users are, however, kindly asked to report any errors or deficiencies in this product to mafap@fao.org.