Established in 2006 under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) supports efforts to promote evidence and outcome-based policy planning and implementation as part of the CAADP agenda. In particular, ReSAKSS provides data and related analytical and knowledge products to facilitate benchmarking, review and mutual learning processes. It is facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), and leading regional economic communities (RECs). At the regional level, ReSAKSS is supported by three Africa-based CGIAR centers: the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in South Africa, and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria.
ReSAKSS has been established with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ReSAKSS also receives funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands (MFAN).
The establishment of ReSAKSS among the three regional economic communities (RECs) in Sub-Saharan Africa is a direct response to the growing demand for credible information and analysis during the design and implementation of agricultural-led development strategies, especially in support of the CAADP agenda.
The CAADP agenda is organized around a number of core principles and goals:
- Designating agriculture-led growth as a main strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day (MDG1);
- Pursuing a 6 percent average annual agricultural sector growth rate at the national level;
- Allocating 10 percent of national budgets to the agricultural sector;
- Exploiting regional complementarities and cooperation to boost growth.
- Promoting partnerships at all levels of society as well as policy dialogue, review, and accountability to improve the program´s efficiency.
Achieving these goals requires efficient and consistent planning and execution of sector policies and programs, effective translation of government expenditures into public goods and services at adequate levels, and appropriate mechanisms to regularly and transparently measure performance and ensure policies and programs are on track. ReSAKSS nodes have therefore been established to provide timely access to relevant information on investment options and priorities; benchmarks and best practices; statistical information to monitor progress; and other relevant technical information to help guide and inform the CAADP implementation process.
ReSAKSS is organized as a network of three nodes among the major regional economic communities in Africa. Each node, at the country level and Africa-wide, has set up a network of national, regional, and international partners that provide policy-relevant and timely analysis, data, and tools of the highest quality. The goal is to promote evidence-based decisionmaking, improve awareness of the role of agriculture for development in Africa, fill knowledge gaps, promote dialogue, and facilitate the benchmarking and review processes associated with the CAADP agenda.
The ReSAKSS nodes conduct activities organized around three components:
1. Strategic analysis to fill knowledge gaps and assess policy and investment options for accelerating agricultural growth and reducing poverty and hunger.
2. Knowledge management and communications to develop and build upon existing data, analytical tools, and knowledge; and facilitating timely access of the knowledge by the regional economic communities and member countries to allow for more evidence-based decision making.
3. Capacity strengthening to generate and disseminate knowledge products to support CAADP implementation particularly shared standards and protocols for collecting data and conducting analysis in ways that effectively contribute to informing policy and decision-making processes in Africa.
- ReSAKSS Africa Wide is hosted at the International Food Policy Research Institution (IFPRI), in Washington, D.C. United States of America.
- ReSAKSS East and Central Africa is hosted at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya.
- ReSAKSS Southern Africa is hosted at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Pretoria, South Africa.
- ReSAKSS West Africa is hosted at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria.