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Monitoring of African Food and Agriculture Policies (MAFAP) is a collaborative project between Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The project aims to support decision-making at national, regional and pan-African levels, and thereby contribute to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) of the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD).
The project which held a policy dialogue forum at KARI headquarters on the 23 May 2013, had 61 representatives from various Ministries, parastatals, NGOs and other institutions affiliated to agriculture. The objective of the forum was to share and review the MAFAP findings and results for the market price incentives and disincentives for specific agricultural commodities; public expenditure in support of agriculture and rural development; critical evaluation of the results through open discussion; and identify potential areas and opportunities for policy reform and investment.
The summary of the MAFAP Kenya project findings were:
• The level of price incentives for producers generally improved since 2005-07
• Inefficiencies increase marketing costs and reduce incentives
• Staple food crops were least affected by inefficiencies in domestic markets
• The market distortions in commodity value chains translate into lower domestic prices and represent significant costs for producers
• Consumers are adversely affected by tariffs on wheat and rice imports
• The share of the government budget going to agriculture and rural development has increased since 2006, though it is still well below the Maputo target
Some of the major recommendations were:
• Increase competitiveness through high productivity
• Improve access to both domestic and external markets, as well as rationalize taxation in the agricultural sector
• Increase investments to the agricultural sector by providing budget support for complimentary items for example; storage and public stock holding, rural market infrastructure, and rural road infrastructure