Outcome mapping strategy

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Workshop to develop an outcome mapping strategy for Safe Food, Fair Food 2

What is outcome mapping?

Outcome mapping tracks changes in the behaviour, relationships, actions, policies or practices of actors and which can be plausibly linked to the activities and outputs of a project. Conventionally, projects focus on outputs such as the number of people trained or the number of workshops held and so on, assuming that these would automatically lead to long-term and sustainable impacts.

One of the main components of the Safe Food, Fair Food project is the engagement with regional economic communities in order to facilitate an open dialogue on food safety in informal markets to create a more enabling environment.

Why is this dialogue necessary?

The existence of a huge food sector that largely escapes regulation and the massive burden of food-borne diseases in sub-Saharan Africa suggest that current food safety policy seems to be neither effective nor efficient.

Moreover, there is a tendency to adopt international food quality standards and hazard-based regulations without considering local contexts.

But how to deal with informal markets?

  • Ban or promote them?
  • Adopt a zero-risk/hazard based policy based on perceptions (‘If in doubt, keep it out’)?
  • Is there an acceptable level of risk?
  • Can participation improve food safety?

Objectives of outcome mapping in Safe Food, Fair Food 2:

  • to engage with policy makers in regional economic communities (REC) in order to create a more enabling environment for food safety
  • to engage with universities and training institutions for curricula development and capacity building
  • stakeholders are: decision-makers, informal market actors (including consumers), private sector, academia

Planned activities in Safe Food, Fair Food 2:

  • initial workshop, training on outcome mapping and developing a strategy for each project region (East, West, Southern Africa)
  • pro-poor policy influence and evaluation of the effectiveness of policy research
  • periodical visits of stakeholders

Initial workshop May 28/29, 2012 at ILRI Campus Nairobi, room no. 721

Participants: (and their areas of influence)

  • Dr Dao Daouda, Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS): Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the École Inter-États de Sciences et Médicine Vétérinaires de Dakar (EISMV)
  • Saskia Hendrickx, ILRI Mozambique: Southern African Development Community (SADC)
  • Professor Erastus Kang'ethe, University of Nairobi: East African Community (EAC)
  • Delia Grace, ILRI Nairobi
  • Amos Omore, ILRI Nairobi
  • Kristina Rösel, ILRI Kampala /Freie Universität Berlin
  • Fredrick Onyango, ILRI Nairobi

The workshop was facilitated by Julius Nyangaga from the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in Nairobi. T

workshop report and draft strategy (as of July 15, 2012)

Planned activities: