reviewed & published
Technical support and capacity building on socio-economic impact analysis of agricultural and rural development policies for food security and poverty reduction. (FAO-Norway Partnership Programme FNOP/120/INT/NOR and other funding sources)

The general objectives of the  project were  to consolidate, develop and institutionalize analytical and advisory capacities in the field of vulnerability, poverty and food security impact analysis of policies in order to ensure systematic and continuing mainstreaming of poverty and food security in national policy processes and scrutiny of on going and future country policies from a poverty and food security angle. This implied, among other things, the creation  and the consolidation of a network of national policy analysts in different ministries and other organizations, with a critical mass of expertise and appropriate instruments ,   such as:  Value Chain Analysis ( VCA), Poverty and Food security Analysis  using  living Standard Measurement Surveys (LSMS), Social Accounting Matrices (SAM) and Computable General Equilibrium Models (CGE).  Socio-economic impact analyses of selected policies for  various value chains, namely, Firewood,  gum Arabic, Fisheries,  Aquaculture, Vegetables,  Beef,  milk, paddy, traditional cereals, were carried out by  national staff from various ministries, by applying the above-mentioned analytical tools with the technical support of FAO. The results have been presented to relevant national decision makers as they povide guidance for policy formulation with a focus on the policy impact for poverty reduction. Five papers, available at:,  summarize the findings of the analyses and the policy impact simulations.  

Capacity development, Ex-ante socio-economic impact policy analysis, Policy formulation, Poverty reduction, VCA: Value chain analysis tool