Making Policy Count: debate on policy monitoring

04 Oct 2013
On 10 October 2013, the Economic and Social Development Department of FAO will host a side event on policy monitoring during the CFS 40 session (7- 11 October 2013):

Monitoring Food and Agricultural Policies in Developing Countries: Understanding country practices and the impacts.

The purpose of this side event is to share results obtained and best practices identified with delegates from partner countries and initiate policy dialogue at international, regional and national levels. Panelists include experts from Burkina Faso, Tanzania, NEPAD, OECD, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Policy is a key component of successful agricultural development and food security. But in order to get policy right, policy-makers in developing countries require better evidence and tools to assess the effect of their policy framework on producers and consumers.

FAO is actively engaged in supporting governments and other stakeholders to monitor food and agricultural policies and their effects. With the Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP and the Food and Agricultural Policy Decision Analysis (FAPDA)) initiatives, FAO works with member countries to build robust and sustainable policy mapping and measurement systems. In addition, policy monitoring is integrated in FAO’s new Strategic Framework as an area of work that contributes to stronger food systems and increased food security.

But why is it important to monitor food and agricultural policies especially in developing countries? What are the experiences with the on-going policy monitoring work? How are policy-makers turning evidence into action?

All CFS participants are cordially invited to this breakfast side event (from 8:30 to 9:30), and join the debate on how we can make policy count.

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