National Policies and Strategies


The need to make food, land, and water systems more productive, resilient, and responsive to growing demand — and future shocks — in a rapidly changing global context has never been greater. Some countries experience rapid economic development often driven by urban areas, but many parts of society continue to experience food and nutrition insecurity, income poverty, inequality and economic marginalization. And while economic development and urbanization offers great opportunities, macroeconomic challenges, political insecurity, pockets of conflict, climate change and other demographic and social changes continue to pose risks to countries’ development. Addressing these challenges requires in-country analytical capacity, strong institutions, and decisive and effective policy action.


This Initiative aims to improve the lives of millions of people by identifying ways of building stronger policies and strategies with greater coherence and capacity, helping countries address current policy demand and future development needs.


This objective will be achieved through:

  • Building policy coherence by piloting national policy and cross-CGIAR policy coherence mechanisms, monitoring CGIAR policy research and communication activities at country level and supporting more effective policy information. The Initiative will develop a policy coherence dashboard as well as a framework for food, land, and water policy coherence and will pilot a policy coherence-building mechanism.
  • Integrating policy tools to strengthen the analytical performance of countries’ institutions – a cornerstone of building more effective policy responses. Using innovative approaches and co-creating user-friendly tools, the Initiative will play a key role in holistic policy analysis at the country level to analyze the trade-offs between investment options and provide policy solutions.
  • Responding to policy demand and crises by building policy communities of practice at country level around common themes and by convening ad hoc, rapid response teams to respond to policy demand and crises with the broader objective of promoting evidence-based decision-making.
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