FAPDA policy database

The FAPDA policy database is a global and comprehensive database which contains over 18 000 national policy decisions and 3 000 national policy frameworks for over 150 countries around the world.

The database makes available original policy documents and offers a brief description of the policy objectives and more in-depth information.

The objective is to support all stakeholders, such as governments, development partners, regional economic organizations, civil society organizations, researchers, policy makers and the private sector, to identify policy trends and to inform the debate at national, regional and global level.

Find the latest national policies on food security and nutrition

How does the database work?

The FAPDA Team collects, validates, classifies and uploads national policy frameworks and policy decisions in the FAPDA policy database. FAPDA relies on information collected from different data sources, including direct information from FAO staff in country and regional offices and online sources.


Policy frameworks in the database are classified according to the following categories:

  • national socio-economic development
  • food security and nutrition
  • agriculture and rural development
  • social protection
  • natural resources
  • trade and markets
  • disaster risk reduction and management
  • gender

The methodology employed to collect policy frameworks consists of desk reviews of official government documents and websites. Each policy framework inserted in the database is properly validated and uploaded with its respective downloadable document. 


Policy decisions in the database are classified based on the FAPDA policy classification that was elaborated based on FAO’s Guide for Policy and Programmatic Actions at Country Level to Address High Food Prices (2008).

Each policy inserted is properly verified and documented with the respective source of information and it is classified by three main groups: 

  • Consumer-oriented policies, provide direct support to consumers and vulnerable groups such as cash transfers and other social safety nets, food assistance (e.g. school feeding), price controls (e.g. fixed maximum price for consumers supported by subsidies)
  • Producer-oriented policies, influence production using measures such as fixed minimum producers prices, public purchase mechanism and distribution of subsidized inputs
  • Trade-oriented and macroeconomic policies, include trade policy instruments such as tariffs and exports control to impact prices and/or domestic supply, as well as the management of the exchange rate.