The availability of good quality data is an important precondition for sound policy making. Weaknesses in national data systems range from lack of representativeness, incomplete coverage, discontinuity, dispersion to lack of homogeneity and comparability. This situation is both reason and consequence of limited use of and thus investment in data generation and management systems.
ReSAKSS ‘s objective is to bridge this existing gap by grouping on its web-based platforms comprehensive, reliable up -to- date data and facilitate the use of open agriculture and climate datasets for agricultural research and development.
The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) supports the successful implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) by providing policy-relevant data; facilitating dialogue among stakeholders; monitoring progress in reviewing goals; and strengthening mutual accountability processes at continental, regional, and national levels.
A multi-country network, structured around four “nodes”—one at the Africa wide level, and three within each of Africa’s major regional economic communities (RECs):
In addition, each node comprises a network of national, regional, and international partners.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) coordinates ReSAKSS Africa wide under a governance structure chaired by the African Union Commission (AUC) and NEPAD Planning, and Coordinating Agency (NPCA). Each regional node is governed by a steering committee chaired by its representative REC and comprising representatives of major CAADP stakeholder groups. The steering committees ensure that ReSAKSS’ activities remain rooted in Africa’s agricultural development priorities, the CAADP agenda, and regional strategies.
ReSAKSS was established in 2006 under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) for the purpose of supporting evidence- and outcome-based policy planning and implementation under the CAADP agenda. ReSAKSS was a direct response to the growing demand for credible information and analyses during the design and implementation of agricultural-led development strategies in support of CAADP.