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    Monitoring Policy Impacts (MPI): The Eight Methodo-"logical" Steps for MPI  2005
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    This Module presents the eight methodo-“logical” steps for monitoring policy impacts (MPI), comprising:

    • Step 1: Initiation and preparation of MPI
    • Step 2: Policy review and analysis
    • Step 3: Development of the impact model
    • Step 4: Selection of impact indicators
    • Step 5: Research design
    • Step 6: Information and data collection
    • Step 7: Data compilation, processing and analysis
    • Step 8: Feedback of results of MPI t o policy makers, clients, public.

    The activities to be performed on the various steps are described, and an overview of the methods to be applied in performing these activities is given. It is pointed out that the eight steps represent a logical sequence but that the steps are closely interlinked and that there are likely possible feed back cycles to previous steps. In a concluding section, conditions for a practical application of MPI to specific policy cases are set out.
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    Focus on governance for more effective policy and technical support
    Governance and policy support framework paper
    2022
    There are eight years left to reach the SDGs. Agrifood systems transformation is urgently needed if we are to achieve sustainability, resilience and food security and nutrition in a post-COVID world. This desired transformation can only be achieved by strengthening and capitalizing on the knowledge, experience, skills, and capabilities for collective action of a broad range of public and private actors each of whom bring distinctive interests, needs, resources, influence and capacities. “Governance” is the name for this multidimensional capability for effective and inclusive collective action at all levels. In many country contexts, it is the governance bottlenecks that lead to a gap between policy expectations and their outcomes on the ground. For example, a given policy intervention can make a lot of economic sense but if it is perceived as threatening a powerful interest group or not sufficiently considering that group’s interests, it will most probably fail. Understanding the governance – both institutions and political economy – behind existing agrifood systems can thus make or break the success of any policy or technical support work. Bringing together insights from FAO’s rich experience and knowledge and global literature, this paper introduces an operational four-phased framework for analysis and integration of governance analysis and action into formulation and implementation of interventions at country, regional and global levels. It also provides a review of recent trends in expert thinking about governance for sustainable development and highlights FAO’s conceptual contributions to governance in the areas of FAO’s mandate. The increased use of governance analysis in FAO’s work will stimulate iterative collective learning processes and honest evaluation of potential for change thus supplementing technical solutions with approaches based on a solid understanding of practical and political realities on the ground. With its emphasis on continual learning and adaptation, governance analysis will enable FAO to significantly improve the effectiveness of its policy and technical support to Members to achieve sustainable development that leaves no one behind.
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    Meeting proceedings: FAO national training course on strengthening food safety standard setting and enhancing effective participation in Codex activities in Lao PDR 2018
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    A national training course on “Strengthening Food Safety Standard Setting and Effective Participation in Codex activities in Lao PDR” as a part of FAO Regional project “Support for Capacity Building for International Food Safety Standard Development and Implementation in ASEAN Countries” (GCP/RAS/295/JPN) was held during 27-29 June 2016 at Vientiane, Lao PDR. The objectives of the training course were to 1) provide participants with: enhanced understanding of the structure and function of CAC in relation to SPS/TBT Agreements and elaboration of Codex standards, 2) enhanced knowledge of the basic concept of Codex risk analysis framework and its link to standard development and data collection and utilization, 3) enhanced understanding of strengthened National Codex Contact Committee, 4) enhanced knowledge about effective participation in Codex activities, 5) draft road map for improving standard development activities and strengthening Codex activities. The training course was attended by 23 participants from Lao PDR belonging to four ministries, and two academic institutions, mainly responsible for food safety control with regard to standard development and implementation as well as the work of the Codex.

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