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The synthesis report by FAO’s Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) team, is the first ever attempt to systematically analyze agriculture and food security policies in several African countries, using common methodology over years.

The report found that the policy environment and performance of domestic markets depressed producer prices by an average of ten percent between 2005 and 2010, though price disincentives are declining.

Most governments adopted market and trade policies to protect consumers and keep food prices down in the reference period, whilst budgetary transfers were mainly used to support producers.

The report concludes that producer prices would improve significantly if market distortions from inefficiencies in domestic value chains were eliminated through better targeted policies and public spending. These inefficiencies, however, seem to be increasing in all ten countries surveyed.

The current MAFAP partner countries are: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Download the highlights of the report in English and in French.

Meetings & Reports

On 30 June 2013, the Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) project’s first phase was completed. A Lessons Learned and Methodology Review Workshop was organized in order to understand what had worked best in terms of monitoring and analysing the impacts of policies and investments affecting agriculture and food security in ten countries in Africa.

The most relevant and practical recommendations provided by MAFAP country partners and the FAO Secretariat have been compiled in a Lessons Learned report.It also includes feedback received throughout MAFAP’s first phase of implementation and from questionnaires completed by all team members at the end of the phase.

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Meetings & Reports

Between 2005 and 2010, cattle producers in Mali faced price disincentives. This was mainly due to inefficiencies in the country’s cattle value chain, which result in weak linkages between domestic and regional markets. Consequently, producers received lower prices than they could have received if market performance were improved through policies targeting the livestock sector. Support to livestock (cattle, sheep, and goats) is essential, as it is considered the country’s third largest export.

Note: policy brief available for download in French


Policy Briefs

Between 2005 and 2010, rice producers in Burkina Faso received higher prices than equivalent world prices, indicating that they faced price incentives. This trend is consistent with national policy objectives, which aim to boost rice production. However, price incentives were primarily due to a duopoly in the country’s export market, which led to higher domestic prices and a disconnect between domestic and international markets.

Policy Briefs
Burkina Faso

Regulated cotton prices in Burkina Faso have led to higher domestic prices and incentives to production. Although fixed prices, which are indexed to international cotton prices, ensure minimum prices to producers, the sustainability of this system is questionable due to its high cost and the large amount of international aid that it requires.

Policy Briefs
Burkina Faso

MAFAP analysis shows that rice producers in the United Republic of Tanzania received prices that were higher than international reference prices. These findings are consistent with the government’s policy of protecting farmers from imports which has helped foster an increase in rice production. Indeed, the URT has shifted from being a net importer to a net exporter of small quantities of rice to neighboring countries. However, high prices at the farm gate resulted in higher prices for consumers which could compromise food security.

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