How do we prioritize agrifood system policies and investments? Insights from the RIAPA modeling system

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Decisionmakers responsible for agrifood policy in developing countries face difficult choices every day. They must navigate a range of policy options with complex impacts while targeting multiple development goals in economic, welfare, and environmental domains. Not all policies are equally effective at achieving these goals, and often, there are trade-offs across different development outcomes.

The Rural Investment and Policy Analysis (RIAPA) modeling system helps navigate these complexities by assessing the impacts and trade-offs of policies and investments on agrifood systems, workers, and households. In this webinar, we will demonstrate how RIAPA has been used to identify priority agricultural value chains that most effectively contribute to development outcomes. We will also show how it supports policy design and public investment decisions to promote agricultural growth and development in the most cost-effective way.

Opening remarks:

  • Jean Balie, Director, CGIAR Poverty Reduction Livelihoods & Jobs Impact Area Platform, CGIAR.


  • Karl Pauw, Senior Research Fellow, Foresight and Policy Modeling Unit, IFPRI
  • Emerta Aragie, Research Fellow, Foresight and Policy Modeling Unit, IFPRI



  • Eleanor Jones, Program Manager, Foresight and Policy Modeling Unit, IFPRI

This webinar, co-organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the CGIAR Research Initiative of Foresight, is part of the series “IFPRI Modeling Systems: Informing Future Pathways and Priorities for Agrifood Systems.”

Previous webinars in the series: What does climate change mean for the future of agriculture? Insights from the IMPACT modeling system

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