CAPACITY BUILDING AND INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING FOR EFFECTIVE AGRICULTURAL POLICY

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From May 20th to 24th, 2024, the Africa Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ANAPRI) hosted a transformative Policy Prioritization through Value Chain Analysis (PPVC) training at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) in Ghana. This initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and co-partnered by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), focused on empowering researchers with advanced analytical skills.

The training aimed to equip researchers with the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based policy formulation. By enhancing the capacity of ANAPRI centres, participants were equipped with advanced analytical techniques, including Value Chain Analysis, Computable General Equilibrium (CGE), and Partial Equilibrium (PE) modelling. These tools are to enable them to comprehensively evaluate the economic impacts of agricultural policies.

The training fostered collaborative learning and knowledge sharing among participants from various ANAPRI centres. Experts offered guidance and insights drawn from their extensive experience in agricultural policy analysis. Participants gained practical experience in applying these analytical techniques to real-world agricultural scenarios, which will undoubtedly enhance their technical proficiency and confidence in providing actionable recommendations to policymakers.

By strengthening the analytical capabilities of researchers, ANAPRI centres are better equipped to provide evidence-based policy recommendations that support inclusive agricultural transformation. This will invariably contribute to sustainable economic growth, improved food security, and enhanced livelihoods for millions of people across the continent.

The PPVC training organised by ANAPRI funded by BMGF and co-partnered by IFPRI and BFAP is expected to yield significant long-term impacts on agricultural policy and practice in Africa. By building the capacity of researchers and strengthening institutional frameworks, this initiative is paving the way for more informed and effective agricultural policies that address the continent’s unique challenges and opportunities.