KEY FINDINGS -The frank self-assessment of the LASIP I recognizes that the LASIP I was not fully implemented and did not have the impact necessary to lift the country out of lingering poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition. -The August 2017 draft LASIP II recognizes that a myriad of policies and strategies exist but have not been able to address these challenges -Recent crises have severely affected the implementation of the LASIP I, with the context not very different to prior to 2010. -It is recommended that the LASIP I be revised to align with the Malabo and SDG 2 commitments and updated to address current changes rather than starting with a new (unfocussed) set of activities -While the component on food security and nutrition contains some commendable proposed interventions, it is unfocussed and not linked to the other components in ways that will ensure delivery on national, Malabo and SDG 2 targets. -Much of the LASIP II draft reads as an annual work plan rather than a strategic set of priorities that will focus delivery on important, well-coordinated multi-sectoral actions. -The governance structures needs strengthening to ensure coordination and delivery.