An African Food and Agricultural Policy Platform (AFAPP) has been established at FARA following a two-day planning workshop organized by the FARA Secretariat in collaboration with the Center of International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP) of the University of Minnesota, USA. AFAPP is a continental platform established to enhance the effectiveness of policy support to the African agriculture growth agenda. Its specific objectives are to (i) support the development of a robust economic policy research community in Africa; (ii) facilitate linkages between policy-makers and the economic policy research community in order to increase the uptake of policy research results; and (iii) promote networking among African economic policy research institutions. To accomplish these objectives, AFAPP will catalyze the production of high-quality economic policy research to deliver empirical evidence for food and agricultural policy formulation and decision-making; connect economic policy research institutions, policy-makers and the science and development community; and communicate economic policy research results and policy options for informed investment decision-making.


The workshop to establish AFAPP was attended by Senior Policy Experts from the following institutions:


·         UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

·         UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (UNIDEP), Dakar, Senegal

·         International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washigton, DC, USA

·         African Union Commission (AUC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

·         Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Nairobi, Kenya

·         Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), Entebbe, Uganda

·         Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP), University of Minnesota, USA

·         Fayetteville State University, North Carolina, USA

·         Food Security Center (FSC), University of Hohenheim, Germany

·         Centre d’Etudes, de Documentation et de Recherche Economiques et Sociales (CEDRES), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

·         Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, Yaounde, Cameroon

·         Ethiopian Economic Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

·         Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI – CSIR), Accra, Ghana

·         Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), Accra, Ghana

·         University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

·         Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Analysis (KIPPRA), Nairobi, Kenya

·         Center for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD), Bunda College, Malawi

·         Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, Windhoek, Namibia

·         Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan, Nigeria

·         Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), Abuja, Nigeria

·         University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

·         Consortium for Economic and Social Research (CRES), Dakar, Senegal

·         Trade Law Center for Southern Africa (TLC), Stellenbosch, South Africa

·         Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

·         Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro, Tanzania

·         Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

·         Dept. of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda


The advent of AFAPP signifies an important milestone in FARA’s efforts to support agricultural policy-making processes in Africa. As a weaver of knowledge networks in Africa, FARA will utilize AFAPP as a continental forum to promote networking (catalyzing, connecting and communicating) among African economic policy research institutions. This will enable them to complement and add value to each other’s work and also avoid duplication of effort. AFAPP will also provide several venues (e.g. workshops, seminars, training, conferences) for “venting” or communicating research outputs to affiliates of AFAPP, policy-makers and the broader community of policy analysts. By providing a continental forum for promoting the production, dissemination and uptake of economic policy research results, FARA expects to enhance the contribution of African economic policy research institutions to public policy in Africa.