Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI)
The Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) is a regionally-coordinated group of national agricultural policy research institutes duly established and operating in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region member states. Currently, the network is comprised of leading national policy research institutes, which include:
- The Institute of Social and Economic Research (IRES), University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo;
- The Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University, Kenya;
- The Centre for Agriculture Research and Development (CARD), Bunda College, Malawi;
- Department of Agricultural Economics and Agri-business, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania;
- The Research Center for Agricultural and Food Policies and Programmes (CEPPAG), Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique;
- The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, South Africa;
- Makerere University, Uganda;
- The Indaba Agriculture Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), Zambia; and
- Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Zimbabwe.
ReNAPRI was created at the initiative of the national agricultural policy institutes to enable them to effectively coordinate with each other, share data, and collaborate on providing solutions to the common challenges facing the ESA region. In this regard, the network has been established to:
- assist national agricultural policy institutes build their own capacities to carry out high quality policy analyses, and outreach and capacity building activities through collaboration and coordination amongst themselves; and
- provide an effective platform for providing policy guidance to national policy makers and stakeholders based on cross-country learning of policy experiences, amongst others.
As a first step, ReNAPRI conducted a Cost of the Production (COP) study in 2013 and 2014. The scope of the study involved two complementary approaches:
- the agri benchmark approach which utilises a consistent methodology for measuring costs of production for vastly different maize production systems in the region; and
- the survey-based approach, which will complement the agri benchmark approach by constructing estimates of maize production costs and marketing margins for specific regions and production systems using national farm survey data and key informant surveys of market participants.