Tracking the performance of the Malawi agricultural sector: 2010/11 to 2011/12

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Introduction The TWG on M&E tracks sector performance and ASWAP implementation using a consolidated indicator set comprising of:

  1. ASWAP high-level indicators.

  2. Selected indicators adopted from the Food and Nutrition Security working group of the Information Systems subcommittee of the Food and Nutrition Security Joint Task Force/Technical Secretariat (FNSJTF/TS).

  3. Sector-level performance indicators that align ASWAp with the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).

This initial indicator set was adopted in June 2012 to enable the TWG on M&E to meet expectations that it was to monitor sector performance using 18 high-level indicators as proposed in the ASWAp document. The indicators are primarily focused on measuring the outcomes of activities carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MoAFS).

However, the concept of the ASWAp is sector-wide in nature. As such, it requires additional indicators that will capture the performance of the entire sector. Given these considerations, the TWG on M&E expanded the indicator set to go beyond the outcomes of MoAFS activities, and included indicators that capture the outcomes of a broad spectrum of actors within the sector. Indicators from the Food and Nutrition Security Joint Task Force and CAADP noted above were added. These specifically capture aspects of investment volumes, market prices, economic growth, poverty rates, nutritional outcomes, and the enabling environment for agricultural growth and development.

The consolidated indicator set has indicators with different data collection frequencies. Therefore, although this note reports on the performance during the period from September 2011 to September 2012 where possible, some indicators pertain to a different time period.

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