Part our activities is to monitor rural, agricultural and food security policies (whether or not we originally helped to implement those policies). This work includes our global monitoring of policy decisions taken by member government (Food & Agricultural Policy Decision Analysis - FAPDA) and monitoring of policies at national level. The results of our monitoring work can be used for countries to be aware of and share experiences on how they are tackling current issues, and to fine-tune and improve their policies on the basis of evidence-based information and data.
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Global monitoring of policy decisions
Our experience in monitoring countries’ response to the food security crisis has led to the development of a framework for monitoring policy decisions taken by countries. This has led to the development of FAO’s Food & Agricultural Policy Decision Analysis – FAPDA, which intends to produce annual reports on changes in the policy orientation of countries and facilitate exchanges of views and experiences among FAO members of a given region. Further information and examples can be found on the tools and methods page.
Monitoring national policies
At national level we propose approaches to help monitor the consistency of policies implemented by various ministries and that bear on food and agriculture.
We also developed a methodology and analytical tools to determine incentives or disincentives that result from policies in place, and analyse the coherence of policy objectives, policies and public expenditure. This methodology is being implemented in the framework of FAO’s Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) project which aims at generating quantitative information that can feed into national policy decision making.
In order to enable member countries to independently carry out their own monitoring, we help them develop their capacity in the use of relevant methods and tools. see Our Tools for policy monitoring»