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Policy coherence for agricultural transformation in African least developed countries (LDCs)

Aligning agriculture and trade policymaking processes











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    Importance of agriculture and trade policy coherence for agricultural transformation in Africa
    FAO Trade Policy Briefs No. 34 Trade & Food Security
    2019
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    This policy brief is based on the FAO (2018) report “Policy coherence for agricultural transformation in African least developed countries: Aligning agriculture and trade policymaking processes”. The report presents the results of the Multi-partner Programme Support Mechanism (FMM) Project on Trade related capacity development for food security and nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa, implemented by FAO and focusing on four least developed countries in Africa: Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.
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    Strengthening coherence between agriculture and social protection: Ghana country case study report 2016
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    This study forms part of seven country case studies carried out as part of the FAO project “Strengthening Coherence between Agriculture and Social Protection”. Ghana was selected as one of the countries because of its emerging social protection agenda and the presence of a now well-established National Social Protection Strategy, along with the growing importance at policy level attached to issues of coherence and coordination. The study in Ghana followed a common approach and framework set out as part of the country case studies, and involved looking at the context (including policies and programmes), coordination and outcomes. This was carried out through a combination of an initial desk-based review, which involved reviewing key documents covering development strategy, agricultural and social protection policy and research papers. A two-week in-country data collection exercise was then carried out, involving a number of key informant interviews (KIIs) with various ministry staff and development partners (donors) and focus group discussions with local communities (FGDs).1 At the end of the data collection period, key informants from the national level were invited to a validation workshop held in Accra at the FAO Ghana Office, where the emerging findings were presented and discussed. The study involved looking across both the agricultural and social protection spheres at the national and subnational levels.
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    Policies and interventions to promote SDG-aligned investments in dairy in Ethiopia
    AgrInvest-Food Systems Project
    2022
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    This publication was written by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) as part of the project “AgrInvest-Food Systems: Enabling inclusive and efficient private sector investment in agrifood systems” (AgrInvest-FS), implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the ECDPM. The AgrInvest-FS project aims at attracting private investment into agrifood systems aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by leveraging public funds. This paper recommends a package of policy improvements and interventions aiming to support SDG-oriented investments in the dairy sector in Oromia in Ethiopia by addressing bottlenecks in the sector and enabling a conducive environment. The paper highlights key challenges and proposes packages of policy interventions that aim to address these key challenges in a coherent and interrelated manner. Building on existing partnerships and processes will increase the feasibility of these recommendations being implemented. Concretely, the recommendations propose i) a gradual and integrated approach to developing, adopting and enforcing milk quality standards for human health; ii) effective ways to improve the access to affordable feed and forage through profitability studies, policy reforms and applied research and innovation and iii) adopting a context-specific approach in addressing finance and credit bottlenecks in the dairy value chain. In the case of Ethiopia, this means acknowledging how the persistent foreign exchange shortage is a major factor, as well as unequal power and gender dynamics. Lessons from past experiences illustrate the potential of multi-stakeholder dialogues to commit to a shared vision, coordinate interventions and improve joint learning and innovation. Spaces for multi-stakeholder dialogue should maximize local embeddedness and have clear benefits for the private sector actors to engage in. Transparent government-owned information management systems, especially at the local level, enable government and development partners, banks and investors to project and track the impact of their investments.

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