International Workshop organized jointly with IFPRI and PEGNet

02.07.2011 um 10:00 bis 03.07.2011 um 17:00

Kiel, Germany

"Modelling and Evaluation of CAADP-Policies: Theory, Methods and Application"


Special Workshop on "Advanced Methods of CAADP-Policy Modelling and Evaluation"

In 2003, African leaders endorsed the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) as the action plan for putting agriculture back on Africa's development agenda. CAADP is about bringing together diverse key players - at the continental, regional, and national levels - to improve co-ordination, share knowledge, successes, and failures, and promote joint and separate efforts to achieve CAADP goals and principles. In particular, CAADP aims to place African countries on a path to higher economic growth through increased agricultural growth and improved agricultural sector governance. Within CAADP, the importance of comprehensive policy modelling and evaluation has been increasingly recognized as an important tool for enabling science-based policy learning and formulation of efficient and effective policies. Given that comprehensive policy modelling and evaluation is a complex methodological challenge, application of adequate evaluation tools continues to be rare in political praxis. In particular, addressing policy impacts of macro policies at the micro level, aggregating heterogeneous micro-responses at the macro level as well as assessing political feasibility of various policy options in different national political environments are all still methodological and practical challenges.

Objectives of the workshop

In this regard, the University of Kiel and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are organizing a 2 day workshop (July 2-3, 2011) that will bring together interdisciplinary scholars working in the field of policy modelling and evaluation at the micro or macro level. In order to facilitate discussion on the recently developed evaluation methodologies and their applicability in the context of CAADP and its evaluation mechanisms, modelling and evaluation techniques are divided into the following: 1 Micro-Macro Modelling, 2 Micro and Macro Econometric Evaluation, 3 Political Economy Modelling of Agricultural Policy, and 4 Practical Applications of Modelling and Evaluation Techniques.
  1. Micro-Macro-Modelling including linked general and partial equilibrium models, i.e. farm-household models (FHM) linked with CGE models, but also linked Agent-based modelling and FHM-CGE approaches.
  2. Advanced Micro- and Macro-econometric Evaluation Techniques including the topics 'Propensity score matching', 'Generalized Matching' as well as 'Parametric Econometric Approaches'.
  3. Political Economy Modelling includes qualitative and quantitative approaches in comparative political economy. In particular, these include empirical estimation of probabilistic voter models, empirical applications of Computable General Political Equilibrium Models (CGPE) as well as policy network analyses.
  4. Practical Applications: Practical examples of modelling and evaluation methods include the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support Systems that provide analysis, data, interactive IT-based tools, and capacity support to promote evidence-based policy planning and implementation associated with the CAADP agenda.

Target Group

The workshop is designed for leading experts and interdisciplinary scholars working on empirical or theoretical research using quantitative policy modelling and evaluation techniques. The target group also includes technical experts involved in providing analytical and capacity support to the implementation of CAADP.

Workshop Participation

Participation is by invitation only. Those invited to participate are expected to contribute a paper on the topic of agricultural policy modelling and evaluation. The organizers ask that participants submit their papers before the workshop, by 15 May 2011, to allow time to review and edit the papers for a monograph based on the workshop proceedings. Workshop organizers will cover participant's accommodation, board, airport transfers, and workshop materials. For questions regarding participation please contact Christian Henning at

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