reviewed & published
Introduction of policy Monitoring tools to the Government of Lesotho (TCP/LES/3303)
Mission to Maseru, Lesotho (2-11 Feb 2012)

In the context of “TCP/LES/3303- Assistance in the Design of Agriculture Sector Monitoring and Evaluation System and Capacity Building” FAO suggested to present its available policy M&E tools for the policy monitoring component of the M&E system.


Mission objectives
Decision makers in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security appreciate the importance of policy monitoring tools and engage in discussions with FAO to start cooperation for their implementation and capacity development to operate and use them.


Preparation of workshop program and training content together with the consultant, presentation of four policy monitoring tools and conducting exercises  during the workshop, meeting with decision makers in the MAFS to discuss entry points for cooperation related to policy M&E. Meeting with the Bureau of Statistics to improve data collection and transfer related to GIEWS price tool.


Main findings/mission results
Participants acknowledge the need for policy monitoring as a supplement to their ongoing monitoring activities. Decision makers in MAFS indicated interest in cooperation and in the establishment of such tools. Both sides, MAFS and FAO have agreed on a step forward to commence activities within this year. This work would be in line with the recommendations of the policy evaluation conducted in 2011 (particularly 2.1, measure 1). With the Bureau of Statistics it was agreed to provide market data from five different market places located in five different agro ecological zones. The information will be used to enhance the GIEWS price tool.