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Kostas Stamoulis

Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division, ESA-FAO

Simon Kisira

NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency

Brantley Browning

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Carmel Cahill

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Bassa Diane Dicko

Commission for Food Security in Mali

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

10 October 2013 FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

On 10 October 2013, from 8:30 to 9:30, the Economic and Social Development Department of FAO will host a side event on policy monitoring during the 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (7- 11 October 2013). 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.




Background Documents

Making Policy Count

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?


  • government officials and delegates;
  • representatives from civil society and non-governmental organizations;
  • researchers from partner countries;
  • representatives regional and global partner organizations; and
  • FAO staff from MAFAP and FAPDA secretariat.