Effective policymaking and coordination during the pandemic

To support policymakers to manage their local food system situations effectively and efficiently, making best possible use of relevant data, and generating new data to meet needs.

GAIN’s footprint in this workstream

  • Assessing local supply chain information and conducting trend analysis of markets to better inform policymakers decisions 
  • Developing country specific digests for key audiences summarising government response measures, partner actions, best practices, and media reports of changing food system data
  • Establishing an Expert Advisory Panel to identify food systems needs and assess 6 sub-national urban governments
  • Providing key stakeholders and policymakers with management training and tools to enable remote working

Description of the workstream

By assisting policymakers with managing their local food systems situations effectively and efficiently, particularly at a subnational level. We can meet immediate evidence needs in the areas of food safety, supply chain and health of market, assisting stakeholders to ensure food markets can continue to safely operate and local food systems become more resilient. This will be done using all available relevant data, and by generating new data using rapid and responsive methodologies.

We seek to document the crucial information required to improve food systems resilience, which is of critical importance to ensure preparedness in future. By developing real-time and locally-informed tracking we will increase our understanding of local challenges and opportunities. We will also generate new evidence to enlighten KFMW decisions through cross-cutting research. This data will then be synthesised into country-specific updates on key food system challenges, with guidance provided on policy measures available to mitigate problems identified in an equitable manner. 

Evidence based policy guidelines will enable sub- national governments to efficiently monitor issues related to food safety, supply chains and health of market actors, leading to making better decisions on food systems within project targeted countries and beyond.

Providing technical support for local governments to improve the resilience of their food systems and based on the learnings from this work also produce guidance that other local governments can apply in their cities.

We will facilitate and support decision-making processes at a policy level by providing briefings, training, expert advice and practical tools to connect policymakers across key ministries, decentralised government and interested CSOs. This support will facilitate remote working (wireless routers, data plans, etc.) where necessary. 
Utilizing available data and new data to be generated, we will work with the sub-national governments to develop context specific policy guidelines. These will guide operations of markets during COVID-19 and/or other similar emergencies.

Call to action

By generating robust yet rapid evidence and information, we can support policymakers to make evidence-based decisions and guidelines for better managing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Facts and figures 

  • Given the COVID-19 crisis, government attention is focused on health systems rather than food systems meaning that further support is needed for local policy makers in improving the resilience and adaptability of food systems 
  • In this complex and fast-moving reality, effective communication is required among multiple stakeholders which is posing an ongoing challenge

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