On December 14th, 2017, the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and fisheries (MARHP-Tunisia), hosted a major conference at the National School of Administration (ENA) in Tunis, to discuss issues related to the development of the agricultural sector in the country.
The International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) ReSAKSS program coordinator Dr. John Ulimwengu and his team were invited as guest speakers alongside experts and Department Directors of the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture.
The conference allowed advocates to explore the various issues and challenges threatening Tunisia’s agricultural development and enabled the hosts to present their data and knowledge management tools such as: The statistical agriculture system of the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, as well as the country’s national agriculture observatory (ONAGRI) information system. Existing public financial strategies aiming to trigger development of Tunisian Agriculture were also presented and discussed.
IFPRI’s mission and programs such as ReSAKSS, AGRODEP, were in turn presented to the audience by Dr. John Ulimwengu. He explained ReSAKSS’ mission, as the technical arm of the African Union for monitoring CAADP indicators, explained the work of the SAKSS nodes in the regions, the ongoing national agriculture plans and stakes of the next joint annual review for African countries.
Dr. Abd Salam El Vilaly, Senior GIS coordinator, developed on the many possibilities offered by ReSAKSS’ eAtlas platform to reference various disaggregated country data like agriculture, climate infrastructure etc. into one unique website.
Dr. Mariam Raouf Senior Research Assistant, presented IFPRI’s MENA program and the ARAB SPATIAL and AIDA platforms as well as the numerous ongoing projects in the north Africa region while putting an emphasis on the possibilities of a strong and strategic partnership with Tunisia.
In conclusion, all stakeholders taking part in the meeting expressed the need to develop more national data sharing platforms and to better track data and activities of the Tunisian agriculture industry.
Through this conference and its involvement in various IFPRI led programs Tunisian agriculture policy makers continue to express their desire to sustainably adopt modern, competitive, and more efficient agricultural policies for the country.
The partnership with IFPRI includes a strong collaboration on many projects linked to high quality research and capacity strengthening in data analysis for better informed decision making and policy formulation.