The FAO initiative on Food and agriculture policy decision analysis (FAPDA) was launched in 2008 to provide technical advice to FAO member countries and further extended to a systematic policy monitoring encompassing the different dimensions of food security and nutrition.
The mission was conducted to present policy monitoring with focus on FAPDA’s process and objectives and its strong linkages to the Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) and collaboration with Mapping Action for Food Security (MAfFS) to different national stakeholders. It also aimed at assessing the country’s potential for institutionalizing policy monitoring activities in Kenya.
After meetings with all concerned policy institutions and ministries it is proposed to establish the monitoring system at the level of an independent policy institution that would be in a position to sustainably feed into the policy discussions and analysis while maintaining the database. In this regard The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) seems to be an ideal institution for this type of work which is one of the active partners of MAFAP: first, in view of our objective to have a sustainable system which is useful for the country; and second, because KIPPRA in addition of having a network at different ministries to collect information needs tools such as FAPDA to conduct better analysis and advice to the government. Establishing FAPDA tool at KIPPRA gives the chance to all concerned partners to benefit from the data registered, while having certainty that the information is provided through valid sources.
More discussion would need to be held before the end of the year to define the conditions and terms of collaboration.