MAFAP and Nigeria sign work plan for new policy monitoring activities

13 Sep 2022
The policy support programme begins a renewed 5-year partnership in Nigeria. MAFAP will assist with public expenditure and price incentives analyses and work on 2 agricultural policy reforms




FAO's leading policy support inititiave, the Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) programme has renewed its partnership in Nigeria for the next 5 years and agreed on an initial work plan with the Nigerian authorties. 

Nigeria is one of eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa that forms part of MAFAP's third phase (20212027) of technical and policy support to reform public policies on food and agriculture to better align them towards inclusive agrifood transformation. 

As part of the relaunch of activities in Nigeria, the MAFAP team and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) have devised a work plan for the next year, which focuses on core policy monitoring activities on public expenditure and price incentives for commodities. 

The work plan, which was signed by FAO Representative to Nigeria Fred Kafeero and the Permanent Secretary Dr. Ernest Umakhihe of FMARD, outlines MAFAP's deliverables which include the update of the price incentives (PI) and public expenditure (PE) monitoring indicators. A data scoping exercise is currently determining the number of commodities among the 8 selected by MAFAP and FMARD that will be analyzed for the PI analysis. The PE activities include the data collectionclassification and analysis of public expenditures for the years 2015–2021

Using the PI and PE monitoring indicators analyses, the MAFAP team will produce a policy monitoring review report that will be presented to FMARD officials. MAFAP will also engage in the analysis of two policy issues, which are considered high priorities for inclusive agricultural transformation.