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Strategic analysis and knowledge support systems for rural development strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa

Michael Johnson and Danielle Resnick, with Simon Bolwig,
Jordan Chamberlin, Liangzhi You, Stanley Wood, and Peter Hazell


October 2004

Posted with acknowledgement to IFPRI.
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While greater growth in agriculture and the broader rural sector is crucial for ameliorating Africa's high levels of poverty and malnutrition, developing strategies to achieve these objectives is hindered by a number of factors, including the broad array of interventions needed, the lack of accurate data, and dearth of trained local policy analysts. As such, this paper proposes a Strategic Analysis Knowlegde Support System (SAKSS) in which data, tools, and knowledge are compiled, analyzed, and disseminated for the purposes of indentifying a set of priority investment and policy options to promote agricultural growth and ruralevelopment. These analyses can in turn help inform the broader process of designing, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating a country's rural development strategy. In order to be an influential and sustainable part of this process and become a genuine "knowledge system", SAKSS will need to be established with an awareness of each country's development priorities and unique political, social, and economic context. By institutionalizing SAKSS through a network structure that includes government ministers, research institutions, universities, regional organisations, non-governmental organisations, and donors, SAKSS can become not only more relevantand legitimate for its intended end-users but also help strengthen local analytical capacity to inform the policy debate on future development strategies and outcomes.

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Table of contents

Lists of tables, figures and boxes

  1. Introduction

  2. A Strategic Analytical Framework

    1. 2.1 Rural Development in the Broader Economy-Wide Context
      2.2 Spatial Characterization of the Rural Sector
      2.3 Investment Analysis
      2.4 Review of Best Practices and Lessons Learned
      2.5 Monitoring and Evaluation
        2.5.1 Descriptive and Spatial Analysis
        2.5.2 Economic Models and Approaches
        2.5.3 Impact Assessment Case Studies

  3. Organisation Analysis and Information as a Knowledge System
    1. 3.1 Food Security Information Systems
      3.2 Policy Networks
      3.3 Implications for Establishing SAKSS

  4. Summary Conclusion

List of discussion papers

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