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How can policy monitoring support better decision making in agrifood systems?

Christian Derlagen, Valentina Pernechele, Francisco Pereira Fontes, Cristina Petracchi
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FAO elearning Academy
Future Food Institute
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
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This international technical webinar is part of the series organized by the FAO elearning Academy, Agreenium (l’alliance de la formation et la recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation, l’environnement et la santé globale), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and Future Food Institute (FFI). These webinars are an opportunity for all of us to share experiences and lessons learnt, discuss challenges, and propose innovative solutions and models. They aim to provide a holistic and comprehensive view of current trends in thematic areas related to global challenges, by combining development, research, and innovation perspectives.

The main objective of these technical webinars is to give practitioners the opportunity to interact with international experts, United Nations officers, University professors, researchers and fellow participants, throughout the world. Webinars can be attended as interactive online sessions on Zoom, where sharing perspectives and asking questions to experts is encouraged. These sessions are also recorded and therefore available at any time, through the FAO elearning Academy: elearning.fao.org.


  • Find out why monitoring price and public expenditure policies is key for agricultural transformation and food security;
  • Explore data needs, challenges and benefits of policy monitoring tools; and
  • Hear about a real-world example of how the MAFAP method was used to inform government policy in a partner country.


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Christian Derlagen

Christian Derlagen is a Programme Manager in the Agrifood Economics Division of FAO where he oversees the Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) programme, a leading FAO initiative that works with governments across sub-Saharan African and South Asia to monitor, prioritize and reform agricultural policy to accelerate the transformation of food systems, reduce hunger and malnutrition, and fight poverty. Christian has 15+ years’ experience in investment and public policy reform for food and agriculture, having worked at FAO, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. He holds a master’s degree in Law from Maastricht University.

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Valentina Pernechele

Valentina Pernechele is an Economist and Policy Analyst in the AgriFood Economics Division at FAO. She graduated in development economics from the University of Florence and has over ten years of experience in food and agricultural policy and price monitoring, with a focus on developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She is currently working for the MAFAP (Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies) programme, where she coordinates the production of policy support indicators and analyses at country level to assist governments in identifying effective reform options to achieve sustainable agri-food systems transformation.

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Francisco Pereira Fontes

Francisco Pereira Fontes is an Economist in the Agrifood Economics Division at FAO. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has over 7 years of experience working in international development, having worked for different organizations, including the Ministry of Finance in East Timor (ODI Fellow), Africa Rice Center (Benin), and FAO. He is currently working for the MAFAP (Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies) programme, where he works on policy prioritization to achieve sustainable agrifood systems transformation and coordinates the activities of the programme in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mozambique.

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Cristina Petracchi

Leader of the eLearning Academy

Cristina Petracchi heads the FAO elearning Academy. She manages and coordinates the design, development, delivery and language adaptations of an extensive portfolio e-learning courses and blended learning programmes for the benefit of FAO member countries, and is responsable for the creation of University Masters’ and Post Graduate Degree Programmes. She engages actively in consolidating partnerships across United Nations agencies, academic institutions and universities, regional organizations, CSOs and NGOs, for capacity development initiatives. In addition to a University Degree in Biological Sciences, Ms Petracchi holds a PhD in Nutrition and Food Science, and has several years of experience of capacity development activities, in a number of countries.

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