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East Africa Regional Workshop in Arusha on September 18th and 19th

04 Sep 2013
The Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) initiative will hold an East Africa Regional Workshop at the Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania on the 18th and 19th of September 2013.

The purpose of the workshop is for MAFAP country teams in East Africa to share experiences and findings from the first phase of project implementation and to discuss their implications for future policy monitoring and dialogue at both the country and regional level.

MAFAP teams in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda finalized activities for the first phase and will present their results for the period 2005-2011. Their presentations will focus on findings for the three elements of MAFAP’s methodology:

  • (i) analysis of price incentives and disincentives for key agricultural commodities,
  • (ii) analysis of public expenditure in support of agriculture, and
  • (iii) analysis of policy coherence, taking into account government objectives in each country.

The results for each element and the main challenges faced in delivering these results will be presented at the workshop to foster cross-fertilization between country teams. Discussion will follow to compare trends across countries in East Africa as well as perspectives on approaches to policy dialogue at the national and regional level. Part of the discussion will also address planned activities such as updating the analysis in all three countries, implementing MAFAP in other neighboring countries and next steps for bringing the results of the project to the political arena.

The workshop will serve as an initial space for policy dialogue with regional stakeholders such as representatives from the East African Community (EAC) and agricultural ministries in both Burundi and Rwanda. Mr. Moses Marwa, Principal Agricultural Economist at the EAC, and Mr. Modibo Traore, FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, have been invited to speak at the workshop's opening ceremony.