ASPIRES integrates systematic stakeholder engagement into research activities as a way to increase the use of evidence in policy‐making and enhance the sustainability, inclusivity, and transparency of the policy process. The goal is to improve the quality of agricultural and nutrition policy research, and to monitor and evaluate for better informed policy decisions.
We conduct research and generate data in collaboration with Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), and where possible, other organizations focused on research and policy engagement in the agriculture, nutrition, trade, and business sectors.
ASPIRES coordinates and contributes to constructive, multi-stakeholder policy debates on agricultural, nutrition and rural development alternatives. ASPIRES also encourages dialogue and the exchange of research generated data and evidence among different stakeholders at national and regional levels.
ASPIRES works closely with ASLMs to ensure the policy framework impacting agricultural policy-making is clearly defined, and consistently applied and enforced from year to year.
We also ensure that the policy development process is transparent in accordance with the rules contained within the country’s constitution, basic law, and elsewhere in the formal legal framework.
We collaborate with the government to ensure that non state actors are provided with a meaningful opportunity to participate in policy formulation and strategy discussions. This could be through participation in the management/steering committee, in technical working groups and/or through other forums.
ASPIRES systematically identified areas of intervention in policy reforms with a view to ensure that significant reforms are carried out in the life span of the project. A key and deliberate attention is currently on the Blueprint.
Apart from improving the quality of agricultural and nutrition policy research and dialogues, SERA BORA will achieve the goal of attaining better policies by monitoring the country’s policy change processes through Policy Institutional Architecture Assessment (IAA). The IAA involves an analysis of a country’s capacity to undertake transparent, inclusive, predictable and evidence-based policy change. The policy change process will be examined using six elements, namely, guiding policy framework; policy development and coordination; inclusivity and stakeholder consultation; evidence-based analysis; policy implementation; and mutual accountability.