What is ReSAKSS?_2009


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"What is ReSAKSS?", presentation by Babatunde Omilola, ReSAKSS-Africa Wide, in Exploring New Opportunities and Strategic Alternatives to Inform African Agricultural Development, Planning, and Policy ReSAKKS conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 23-24, 2009

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What is ReSAKSS?_2009

  1. 1. Introduction to Conference and ReSAKSS Babatunde Omilola ReSAKSS Africa-wide Coordinator International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ReSAKSS Africa-wide Conference: Exploring New Opportunities and StrategicAlternatives to Inform African Agricultural Development, Planning and Policy United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 23-24, 2009
  2. 2. Outline of Presentation• Objectives of Conference• Review of Conference Agenda• What is ReSAKSS?• Future of ReSAKSS
  3. 3. Objectives of Conference• To discuss strategies to boost agricultural development in Africa.• To bring together policymakers, researchers, representatives from farmers’ organizations, donor and development agencies, and the private sector in order to explore new opportunities and strategic alternatives to inform African agricultural development, planning, and policy.• To assess countries’ progress in implementing CAADP, discuss what needs to be done in the future, and share experiences and success stories.• To brainstorm on the best methods for using agriculture to have on- the-ground impact, improve the lives of poor people, and spur economic growth and development in African countries.
  4. 4. Review of Conference Agenda• Opening statements by representatives of AU, RECs, donors, and IFPRI• Three themes:a. Agricultural Performance, Public Spending, Growth and Poverty Reduction Trendsb. Strategies and Options for Improving Agricultural Performancec. Mechanisms for Implementing Agricultural Development Strategies• Keynote presentations and panel discussions by IFPRI directors, ReSAKSS coordinators, CAADP pillar institutions, RECs, country strategy programs and famers’ organizations on overview of agricultural performance in Africa; CAADP pillar frameworks; experiences with ReSAKSS; and policy and knowledge systems to promote economic growth and poverty reduction.• Panel discussions on the future role of ReSAKSS in informing African agricultural development, planning and policy.
  5. 5. What is ReSAKSS?• ReSAKSS supports the African Union, the NEPAD Secretariat, Regional Economic Communities, and their member countries, as well as their partners, to ensure that CAADP implementation is guided by cutting-edge agricultural and economic research—with the ultimate goal of reducing poverty and hunger, and improving the lives of all Africans throughout the continent.• ReSAKSS provides high quality and timely analysis, data, knowledge, information, tools and technical support to track progress in African agriculture and food security; promotes evidence-based policy and decisionmaking; and fills gaps in knowledge.
  6. 6. What is ReSAKSS?• ReSAKSS helps African policymakers to determine priorities, identify appropriate levels and areas of investment, allocate resources efficiently, and create comprehensive development strategies.• ReSAKSS encourages knowledge sharing and access among a network of partners in Africa (development institutions, regional bodies, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, farmer groups).• ReSAKSS regularly and continuously measures progress, and shares experiences across countries with respect to CAADP goals – Are countries achieving the targeted growth rates? (6%) – Are countries investing at the targeted level? (10%) – Are these investments having their intended impacts on poverty and hunger?• ReSAKSS informs the review processes established by the AU/NEPAD (mutual, peer and progress review)
  7. 7. ReSAKSS regional nodes Africa-wide at IFPRI – coordinates across regional nodes-works with AU and NEPADWest Africa atIITA in Ibadan – works with Eastern and Central ECOWAS Africa at ILRI in Nairobi - works with COMESA Southern Africa at IWMI in Pretoria – works with SADC
  8. 8. Key Features of ReSAKSS Analytical Support• Strategic analysis – Several working papers, issue briefs, and annual trends reports. – M&E framework created and operationalization has started with data collection on recommended indicators at the national, regional and continental levels.• Knowledge management – Website and e-newsletter. – Engaging in review, dialogue, and knowledge mechanisms to facilitate the transition toward evidence-based and outcome-oriented strategy planning and implementation, thereby ensuring better outcomes.• Capacity strengthening – CAADP Roundtable Process launched in several countries. – Helping in guiding the set up of country SAKSS nodes in many countries. – In-country training sessions on modeling, GIS, etc.
  9. 9. How does ReSAKSS provide analysis, knowledge and information support in trackingprogress of African agriculture and food security in the context of CAADP?
  10. 10. 1 CAADP Framework endorsed 2 In order to implement goals of by African leaders, (targets of CAADP framework, 6% & 10%) and agreed upon decisionmakers need by all African leaders. evidence-based knowledge and analysis on investments, 6Country CAADP compacts are growth options, etc.signed binding stakeholders togoals set forth at Roundtables. ReSAKSS manages this 3 ReSAKSS, though its network knowledge so that of partners, takes stock and decisionmakers and starts analysis of growth and 5 stakeholders can access and investment options. utilize it. Debate and dialogue take place in countries as they consider 4 options for implementing ReSAKSS facilitates country-specific CAADP framework (lead-up knowledge, information and analysis by to CAADP Roundtables) working with in-country policy and knowledge hubs.
  11. 11. CAADP Implementation Status by Country based on ReSAKSS Analytical Support
  12. 12. Key indicators Monitored by ReSAKSS • Formal communications, declarations • Compact signings (country and regional) • Review and dialogue Processes • Mutual accountability framework • Levels and Shares • Sub-sectorAgricultural • SpatialInvestments Other factors: • Levels and growth rates trade, hunger,Agricultural • Production and Productivity inputs, prices, etc. Growth • Headcount index • Absolute numbers Poverty • MDG projectionsReduction
  13. 13. ReSAKSS Website: www.resakss.orgReSAKSS website provides “one-stop shop” for policymakers, researchers, representatives from farmers’organizations, donor and development agencies, and the private sector Page 13
  14. 14. Users canThe ReSAKSS website allows customize the map users to easily track and charts based on progress against the specific the CAADP and MDG information theytargets while also accessing are looking for,a wealth of knowledge and whether that be data on agricultural regional development in Africa information…
  15. 15. …or country-specific information. When a country is selected, the map, charts and bottom narrative change to provide all available information on that country.
  16. 16. By zooming out, users can selectanother country… …thereby enabling cross- country comparisons over time. Users can view each country’s progress toward the 6% CAADP target and compare this to other countries.
  17. 17. ...or compare countries’ performance across years.
  18. 18. All indicators canbe shown at once for a country, with an easy-to-use slider to view changes over time.
  19. 19. Downloadable DataAll data can be easily exported:- An image file of a color-coded Africa Wide map for one indicator and one year at a time- A bar chart of all indicators for one country in one year- A line chart of all countries for one indicator- An excel file (spreadsheet) of all data on the selected indicator OR all data for the selected country. Example of image export for population in 2000.
  20. 20. Series of Knowledge and Information Products• A series of high-quality and analytical working papers, issue briefs and trend reports shared with policy-makers to provide credible evidence to base policy decisions• Examples:• “Agricultural Development, Investment and Poverty in Africa: Trends and Performance. ReSAKSS Africa-wide Annual Trends Report 2009 (Forthcoming).• “Monitoring Agricultural Sector Performance, Growth and Poverty in Africa.” ReSAKSS Africa-wide Annual Trends Report 2008.• Status and Trends in Agriculture and Food Security Indicators in East and Central Africa”. ReSAKSS East and Central Africa Trends Report 2008• “Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System for the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 6, 2008.• “Accelerating Africa’s Food Production in Response to Rising Food Prices – Impacts and Requisite Actions.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 3, 2008• “Public Spending for Agriculture in Africa: Trends and Composition”. ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 28, 2009• "Investing in African Agriculture to Halve Poverty by 2015." ReSAKSS Issue Brief No. 4, 2008.
  21. 21. Knowledge Products (Contd.)• “Tracking Agricultural Spending for Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa.” ReSAKSS Issue Brief No. 5, 2008.• “Agricultural Growth and Investment Options for Poverty Reduction in Uganda.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 17, 2008.• “Agricultural Growth and Investment Options for Poverty Reduction in Malawi.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 18, 2008.• “Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Malawi: Past Performance and Recent Trends.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 8, 2008.• “Monitoring Trends in Public Expenditures in Agriculture: The Case of Malawi.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 9, 2008.• “Promoting Fertilizer use in Africa: Current Issues and Empirical Evidence from Malawi, Zambia and Kenya.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 13, 2008.• “Agricultural Growth Options for Poverty Reduction in Mozambique.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 20, 2008.• “Agriculture for Development in Ghana: New Opportunities and Challenges.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 16., 2008• “Trends in Agricultural and Rural Development Indicators in Zambia.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 2, 2007• “Growth and Poverty Reduction Impacts of Public Investments in Agriculture and Rural Areas: Assessment Techniques, Tools and Guide for Practitioners.” ReSAKSS Working Paper No. 7, 2008.
  22. 22. Future of ReSAKSS• Consolidation and repositioning of ReSAKSS as the leading knowledge platform for review, learning, dialogue and benchmarking of agricultural policy planning and implementation in Africa.• Full operationalization at country level of the monitoring and evaluation system (M&E).• Adequate technical assistance for the establishment and operation of country SAKSS nodes.• Monitoring of regional agricultural sector trends and emerging strategic issues such as food and financial crises, emerging trade and investment issues, land and climate change issues.• Close cross-cutting collaborations with AU/NEPAD, RECs, CAADP Pillar institutions, CGIAR centers, technical institutions in Africa, AGRA and other development partners such as the World Bank and FAO.
  23. 23. Thank you!