The METASIP Strategic Analysis and Knowledge
System (SAKSS)
Outline of Presentation
Introduction /Objective of the SAKSS
Function of the SAKSS
Composition of the SAKSS
Specific tasks
Skills requirement
Start up activities
SAKSS thematic areas
Introduction /objectives
• The objective of the SAKSS is to improve the
quality of design and implementation of
policies and strategies in Ghana’s agriculture
• It is one of the mechanisms under the
METASIP Steering Committee for coordination,
participation and governance for effective
implementation of the METASIP.
Introduction /objectives
SAKSS is being implemented by 4 members of the Consultative
Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) :
IFPRI - for overall continental co-ordination,
the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in South
Africa for the southern Africa region,
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria for
the West Africa region and
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for the East and
Central Africa region.
ReSAKSS WA is the Regional SAKSS for the West Africa region. It
works with the ECOWAS in implementing the CAADP and
ECOWAP in West Africa.
Under the CAADP process each country is expected to set up a
Country-SAKSS in order to guide the implementation of country
investment programmes like the Ghana METASIP. The African
union has mandated the ReSAKSS in each region to assist in
setting up the country SAKSS.
Functions of the SAKSS
The main functions of the SAKSS will be to:
• (i) coordinate a collaborative work in a network so as to
mobilize the available expertise in order to generate the
targeted knowledge products to support the implementation
of agricultural and rural development programs and
• (ii) ensure accessible storage and dissemination of such
Therefore, the SAKSS will rely on:
• An analytical node (SAKSS Node) of state and non-state
actors, researchers and analysts from research centers,
statistical services, planning units, universities, etc and
• A system for review, dialogue, and advocacy, coordinated by
a senior official who brings together all stakeholders. This
includes the annual JSR and the Agriculture Public Private
Dialogue (APPD) established this year through PEF.
Functions of the SAKSS
In general key questions to address include:
• Is Ghana on track to meet its own growth targets for
the agricultural sector as expressed in the FASDEP II,
• Have expectations in terms of achieving the growth
and poverty and hunger reduction targets been met so
• If not what are the reasons? And what needs to be
rethought, re-planned, or fixed to get it on track?
Composition of the SAKSS
• In the METASIP context, thematic working groups on each of the 6
programmes of METASIP have been created with each programme led
by a coordinator. The 6 coordinators will form a technical group to
facilitate the work of the SAKSS Node.
• Constitution of thematic groups was based on institutional
representation on four areas. There is an average of 8 institutions per
thematic area and others will be co-opted as needed. Institutional
representation includes:
• Policy institution – public sector
• Knowledge institution – academia, research
• Private sector – entrepreneurs, FBOs
• Civil society – NGOs etc
programmes-Food security and emergency preparedness; Improved
growth in incomes; Increased competitiveness and enhanced
integration into domestic and international markets; Sustainable
management of land and environment; Science and Technology
Applied in food and agriculture development; Improved Institutional
Specific tasks
Their mission will be to provide advice and guidance for the achievement of the
programme goals and will have in particular the following tasks:
• Draft and adopt TORs and annual workplan for the thematic area
• Ensure that work plan is funded and implemented
• Ensure quality of work and adopt technical reports produced by
• Support the sector planning and strategy development process with evidence
to improve the quality of design and implementation of policies and
• Link up with ReSAKSS West Africa (ReSAKSS-WA) to: (a) access technical and
analytical support; and (b) to contribute to review and dialogue at the
regional and continental levels by providing information on specific indicators
associated with the overall CAADP M&E framework
• Conduct studies to improve on strategic objectives and options
• Disseminate findings of the studies and facilitate thematic area dialogue to
inform agricultural sector review.
• Advocate for decisions based on the results and recommendations of the
Strategic analysis
Research studies to identify and assess policy and investment
options in the sector
Spatial analysis for example of the impact of investments on
poverty, food consumption and nutrition of children at national
and local level and the analysis of the effect of agricultural
innovations on development
Monitoring and evaluation and publication of an annual report
on trends and prospects in the agricultural sector
Generating relevant data/statistics to feed into the above.
Contribute to the sub-regional level analyses of investments,
strategies and policies as required by ReSAKSS
Facilitate access of researchers and those working on the
development of agriculture in the country to relevant data.
Make recommendations to strengthen networks of collection,
analysis and dissemination.
Packaging, dissemination and archiving of
information/knowledge generated from strategic analysis.
Influencing policy with the knowledge.
Feed ReSAKSS WA with country level data on relevant indicators.
Capacity building
Policy analysis and modeling
Geo-spatial Information Systems
Investment analysis and priority setting
Coordination and
Work with networks of institutions and existing expertise.
Strengthen the statistics and planning units of MOFA
Strengthen among others
institutions in charge of research, data collection, analysis
and policies formulation as well as various professional
organizations representing the sector, such as producer
organizations, processors, etc.
Skills requirement /start up activities:
Skills requirement include:
• Knowledge of agricultural policy analytical tools and research methods
• Experience with knowledge management and agricultural policy
• Experience in working with research management and policy
Start up activities
• The SAKSS was launched in July 2011.
• The maiden meeting takes place on 15th December 2011.
• The programme for the meeting includes orientation of SAKSS officers
and development of 2012 annual workplan. This will include capacity
building needs of the Node to carry out their activities.
• Participation in the meeting includes the officers representing the
institutions identified for each thematic area, officers from ReSAKSS
West Africa (ReSAKSS-WA), IFPRI, Africa Lead, the METASIP Steering
Committee and its Secretariat.
1. Food security and emergency
Productivity Improvement, support to nutrition,
diversification of livelihood options, food storage and
distribution, early warning systems and emergency
preparedness, irrigation and water management and
Zalia Zempare, Agriculture Economist, Deputy
Director, Directorate of Policy Planning
Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Food
and Agriculture
2. Increased growth in incomes
Promotion of cash crop, livestock and fisheries production
for income, development of new products, development of
pilot value chains, intensification of FBO and out-grower
concept, development of rural infrastructure, support to
urban and peri-urban agriculture.
Paulina Addy, Deputy Director, Responsible for
food safety related environmental and gender
concerns, Directorate of Women in Agriculture
Development, Ministry of Food and Agriculture
3. Increased competitive-ness
and enhanced integration into
domestic and international
Marketing of Ghanaian Produce in Domestic and
International Markets: increasing marketed output, grading
and standardization.
Ruth Woode, Director Deputy, Directorate of
Plant Protection and Regulatory Services,
Ministry of Food and Agriculture
4. Sustainable management of
land and
Awareness Creation and Use of SLM Technologies by Men
and Women Farmers: policy and regulations, institutional
capacity, technology dissemination and adoption, policy,
investment and incentive system.
Delali Kofi Nutsukpo, Deputy Director,
Responsible for sustainable land management
activites, Directorate of Crop Services, Ministry
of Food and Agriculture
5. Science and technology
applied in food and agriculture
Uptake of Technology along the value chain, application of Justice Amoah, Deputy Director, Agriculture
biotechnology in agriculture, research funding and Extension Services, Ministry of Food and
management of agriculture research information.
6. Improved institutional
Institutional strengthening and intra-ministerial
coordination, inter-ministerial coordination, partnership
with private sector and civil society organisations and
coordination with development partners.
Angela Dannson, Agriculture Economist,
Deputy Director, Directorate of Policy Planning
Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Food
and Agriculture