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New TCP project: Supporting evidence-based decision making through impact analysis of policy options for sustainable development, food security and inclusive growth
Mission to Abuja, Nigeria, from 14 to 19 May 2012

Request for FAO support
Following Nigeria’s participation in the High-Level Policy Learning Programme 2011: “Addressing long-term development challenges: from short-lived interventions to lasting achievements” the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, requested FAO’s support to implement the Economic Transformation Agenda through evidence-based policy analysis and formulation.


In the meantime, FAO developed the programme: “Sustainable development, food security and inclusive growth: understanding paradigms and exploring policy impacts for policy making (UPPI)”, which frames policy assistance activities and “bottom-up” (country-based) policy-relevant knowledge generation.


New TCP proposal
A TCP proposal has been drafted to satisfy Nigeria’s needs, exploiting the UPPI approach and analytical tools.


Mission objectives
A mission was fielded to Abuja from 14 to 19 May 2012, aimed at presenting the TCP concept to various Government institutions, gathering further ideas and preparing the ground for project implementation.


Possible project outputs
The mission met several institutions involved in federal policy processes and a seminar was held to illustrate examples, drawn from a recent policy assistance project, of outputs that National Working Groups (NWGs) could produce applying analytical tools such as FAO’s VCA-tool for Value Chain Analysis and Computable General Equilibrium models.


The mission found that the project is considered extremely timely and strongly needed by all the institutions involved, as it simultaneously addresses:

  • a) macro and micro economic dimensions, bridging line ministries with the Ministry of Finance and the National Planning Commission;
  • b) impact analyses of policy options;
  • c) monitoring commodity and value chain policies;
  • d) fine-tuning and implementation of the ongoing policy processes such as the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), CAADP National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) and the federal water policy.


Preparatory work is ongoing and NWGs from various institutions will be organized to start project activities in September 2012.


For more information:
Contact: Lorenzo Giovanni Bellù, Policy Officer (Economist)