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Institutional Architecture Metrics for National Agricultural Investment Plans

Through the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP), African countries have articulated a common commitment to agricultural development. One of the key innovations of CAADP has been to encourage countries to undertake an evidence-based and inclusive process of developing National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs). NAIPs articulate the agriculture and food security goals of each country, the steps and investments that need to be taken to meet these goals, and a system of mutual accountability in these roles based on clear metrics.

The CAADP Results Framework (2015-2025) was developed as a key tool to track, monitor and report on progress towards achieving CAADP commitments and NAIP performance. A key challenge in operationalizing this framework is to ensure that evidence-based analysis is undertaken to monitor country progress and inform future planning and programming. To help guide this process, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) is currently preparing a Technical Guide and Road Map for Appraisal and Preparation of the Next Generation of NAIPs (‘NAIP Road Map’). The goal of NAIP Road Map is to identify a common set of analytical tools, metrics, and approaches that can be used to not only inform the development of future NAIPs, but to help in their appraisal once they are being implemented.

Integra contributed to the NAIP Road Map by synthesizing and distilling results from the Institutional Architecture for Food Security Policy Change (‘Institutional Architecture’) diagnostic. The first part of our work distilled lessons learned from the Institutional Architecture diagnostics to develop key best practice ‘institutional’ measurements in the development and design of NAIPs. The second part provided a summary of specific capacity constraints to inform NAIP development and implementation at the country level, based on an Institutional Architecture analysis. Six countries summaries are included: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, and Senegal. These summaries were designed to serve as a guide to government and development partners about the necessary systems and processes required to maximize the impact of the next NAIP.