This month of July, ECDPM facilitated three consultations co-organised with COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) in the context of the process to develop its Regional CAADP Investment Programme on Agriculture. The discussions addressed the potential for regional cooperation on food value chains in the sub-regions of Eastern and Southern Africa by bringing together representatives of farmers’ organisations, government agencies, the private sector and specialised international and regional organisations. These policy dialogues followed a similar event in Rwanda at the end of last year, and were aimed at launching processes for establishing regional PPP platforms and identifying the priority regional value chains such platforms should focus on. The consultations took place in Lusaka, Zambia (with participants from DRC, Swaziland and Zambia), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (for Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopia) and Mahe, Seychelles (Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles). Sean Woolfrey and Hanne Knaepen from ECDPM were responsible for the three events, which, according to Sean, “proved fruitful: if any progress is to be made on promoting regional food value chains, there needs to be a continued engagement with – and between – these stakeholders.”
More info on the first consultative meeting held in Kigali on 27 November 2014 can be found here.
Read the blog of Francesco Rampa and Fabien Tondel on the issue on Talking Points here.