Food and Agriculture Organization
FAO’s Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) program seeks to establish country owned and sustainable systems to monitor, analyze, and reform food and agricultural policies to enable more effective, efficient, and inclusive policy frameworks in a growing number of developing and emerging economies.



Building a unique system for monitoring national food and agriculture policies

MAFAP produces a common set of indicators that can be used to measure the impact of policies on different commodities,countries and over time.

Meeting the needs of policy makers and donors who seek solid evidence about the impact of policies

Using comparable quantitative indicators makes it easier to understand the impact of policies.

Focusing on country ownership to make it sustainable

MAFAP is unique in its focus on country ownership and partnerships to establish a sustainable policy monitoring system. It collaborates closely with national institutions to develop capacity and make policy monitoring an integral part of their regular work.

Assessing the impact of national policies and how they compare with similar policies in other countries

Having common quantitative indicators increases transparency and makes it possible to compare policies across countries. Having objective results empowers people affected by policies, and farmers in particular, in their interaction with governments and donors.

Strengthening ongoing policy processes and initiatives

MAFAP builds on existing efforts at the regional level such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). For example, it provides feedback on how well countries are fulfilling their "CAADP compacts" and if they are meeting CAADP targets for public expenditure in agriculture. This information feeds into policy dialogue at the regional level.