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Building a Sustainable System for Monitoring Food and Agricultural Policies in Africa






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    Monitoring and analysing food and agricultural policies in Africa – Synthesis report 2013 2013
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    The synthesis report by FAO’s Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) team, is the first ever attempt to systematically analyze agriculture and food security policies in several African countries, using common methodology over years. The report found that in the period between 2005 and 2010, the policy environment and performance of domestic markets depressed producer prices in the ten African countries analyzed, though the trend is improving. Most governments resorted to m arket and trade policies to protect consumers and keep food prices down in the reference period whilst budgetary transfers, were mainly been used to support producers. The report concludes that producer prices would improve significantly if inefficiencies in domestic value chains were eliminated through better targeted policies. These inefficiencies however seem to be increasing in all ten countries surveyed. The current MAFAP partner countries are: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mala wi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.
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    Rural transformation, agricultural and food system transition: Building the evidence base for policies that promote sustainable development, food and nutrition security and poverty reduction 2016
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    This paper investigates the determinants of, and barriers to, the increased commercialisation of subsistence and semi-subsistence farmers in three regions within each of five Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) (Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia). Collectively, these five countries account for 82 per cent of semi-subsistence farms in the European Union (EU) (Eurostat, 2007). The selected countries present a variety of regional contexts, followed different pathways of rur al transformation and agricultural transition, and possess different degrees of rurality and dependence on farming. The study employs a mixed quantitative and qualitative methodology. The analysis presented utilises cross-regional survey data along with follow-up qualitative interviews with a sub-sample of households in 2010 and 2014. The quantitative analysis tests the significance of factors assumed to determine market integration. As a complement, the qualitative analysis helps, first, to dee pen our understanding of the dynamic effects of these determinants, and second, to produce additional insights which may be difficult to quantify.

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