New toolkit for smart food policymaking unveiled

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has rolled out a Food and Agriculture Policy Decision Analysis (FAPDA) platform. The FAPDA aims to help decision-makers review and assess options and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an easy-to-use platform for countries to share what they are doing and rapidly search for ideas from their peers. FAPDA provides information on how different countries keep their supply chains moving, amid the disruptions caused by travel and other health restrictions. Lorenzo Bellù, a senior economist for FAO, said the goal is to help decision-makers review proposals and diagnoses to come up with reliable and evidence-based solutions. In addition to leading the FAPDA initiative, Bellù is also contributing to the policy platform.
The tool is continuously updated to offer a searchable compilation of policy practices in more than 130 countries. It has six thematic areas: Emergencies, Nutrition, Trade, Social Protection, Development and Transformation, and Incentives and Disincentives. Navigation is available in multiple languages and aided by a map as well as a free text search function. (Image from Pixabay)

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