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Monitoring and Evaluation of Agriculture Sector Performance, Growth and Poverty Trends in Southern Africa

December 13, 2011

Pretoria, South Africa — ReSAKSS-SA led a regional survey as part of its strategic monitoring to track implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (SADC-RISDP).  This survey is consistent with the CAADP M&E framework which provides guidelines on the indicators to be tracked and type of data that needs to be collected under each key performance indicator.  It also tracks the progress individual countries have made toward achieving the CAADP targets.

Consultants learning data management at a training from the monitoring and evaluation framework designed by ReSAKSS-SA.

The information collected will be used to assess progress in resource allocation and the achievement of stated targets for agricultural growth, poverty reduction and investment in agriculture.   This activity will help answer questions related to relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the CAADP process, policies and programs.  Changes are assessed against key targets: spending 10% of national budget on agriculture; agricultural sector growth of 6% per year; and progress toward  halving of poverty and hunger by 2015

The survey covers the 12 SADC Member States (Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).  It was launched by IWMI and ReSAKSS-SA on July 01, 2011 and is presently being carried out by 12 National Consultants.  The survey is aimed at monitoring agricultural sector performance (crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry) in order to measure how the different countries in the region are progressing towards achieving their agricultural growth and performance targets, as well as, related impacts on poverty reduction.  The review will also characterize and diagnose the constraints limiting accelerated agricultural growth in each country.

Data collection is covering five main performance categories:

  1. CAADP implementation process
  2. Public spending and investment indicators
  3. Output indicators (Agricultural technology, diffusion, and human capital indicators)
  4. Agricultural sector performance indicators (Agricultural production and trade indicators)
  5. Macro- and socio-economic indicators (Welfare indicators)

The key output will be a 2011 Annual Regional Agricultural Trends and Outlook Report that integrates all data from the survey countries.  This report will provide evidence-based policy implications and recommendations that will serve as a major tool for supporting policy dialogue and debate, as well as, informing agricultural sector planning and investment decisions in the region.  The report will be presented at key policy dialogue and public sector investment planning events and processes in order to inform decision making.  Each of the surveyed countries will also produce individual country Agricultural Trends and Outlook Report, (a total of 12 reports), based on the data collected in the survey. The country reports will complement the regional report and will be used to inform policy dialogues at National level.

For continuing coverage of this process contact Emmanuel Musaba, Coordinator of ReSAKSS-SA at E.Musaba@cgiar.org.

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