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Regional agricultural development and food security initiatives in Africa

March 2013

Tondel, F. 2013. Regional agricultural development and food security initiatives in Africa. (ECDPM Presentation).

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Brainstorming Meeting on Current WTO Agricultural Issues ACP Group of States 
19 March 2013, Geneva

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1. Regional Agricultural Development and Food Security Initiatives in Africa
Food Security Systems in ACP Countries and International Markets: Relationship with WTO Treatment
Fabien Tondel, ECDPM
ACP Brainstorming Meeting on Current WTO Agriculture Issues
Geneva, March 19, 2013

2. Contents
•  About ECDPM
•  CAADP—Africa’s agricultural development and food security initiative
•  Regional agricultural trade and food security
•  Current status of regional policy processes
•  The international trading system and regional food security initiatives in Africa
•  Current policy analysis activities

3. About ECDPM
•  ECDPM “Think and do tank”
– Development cooperation
– EU-ACP
– Policy-oriented research
– Policy dialogue facilitation
– Partnership building around policy processes
•  ECDPM’s Food Security Programme
– Demand-driven activities
– EU-Africa relations (CAADP process)
•  Other focus areas concerning the ACP Group Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)
– Policy coherence for development (EU’s CAP)

4. Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP)
•  2003 Maputo Declaration Allocation of at least 10% of national budgets to agricultural and rural development (ARD), objective of 6% annual growth in agricultural production
•  CAADP Policy framework Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and Accra Agenda for Action Ownership, donors support alignment and harmonization, results orientation and M&E, mutual accountability, inclusive partnerships
•  National and regional compacts and investment plans
•  Continental-level coordination by AUC and NPCA
•  Donors group

5. Regional agricultural trade and food security
•  Food insecurity and malnutrition
•  Cross-border agricultural trade, an essential element of food security and agricultural development
•  Regional economic integration
•  Multi-sectorial approaches
•  National and regional action
•  Policy coherence
– Linking agricultural initiatives with initiatives promoting regional trade and a favorable environment for private investment (agro-food industries, infrastructures) 

6. Regional agricultural trade issues
•  Significant barriers to cross-border trade remain (share of intra-Africa trade in agricultural products < 20%)
– Poor infrastructure and transportation systems (high transportation costs)
– Policy barriers to trade at the borders (tariffs, NTBs, red tape, and unstable trade policies)
– Behind-the-border barriers to trade, underdeveloped value chains for local food crops •  Some progress Ongoing road, rail and waterways projects, trade facilitation projects and development of trade corridorsECDPM Page 6

7. 1st AU Joint Ministerial Conference on Trade and Agriculture in 2012
•  Accelerating the Action Plan for boosting intra-Africa trade Early deal for the liberalization of staple food markets?
•  Identifying and implementing synergies between trade initiatives and ARD initiatives through CAADP
•  Strengthening the capacity of relevant institutions and agricultural producers to effectively participate in joint trade-ARD initiatives and monitor their impact
•  Mandating AU, NPCA and the RECs to institutionalize the policy dialogue aimed at realizing synergies between the agricultural and trade sectors
•  But concrete bridges across sectors are still needed

8. Joint Action Group for Regional Trade and Infrastructure
•  CAADP Joint Action Group for agriculture, regional trade and infrastructure Support countries and RECs in coordinating actions in ARD, trade and infrastructure
•  Bringing aid-for-trade into the CAADP process Enhanced Integrated Framework, Standards and Trade Development Facility
•  Providing more aid-for-trade support at the regional level
•  July 2013 Global Aid for Trade Review Aid for trade and value chain development

9. Current status of regional CAADP processes
•  West Africa (ECOWAS) (ECOWAP)
•  Central Africa (ECCAS)
•  East Africa (EAC)
•  Horn of Africa (IGAD)
•  Southern Africa (SADC)
•  Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

10. The Int’l trading system and regional food security initiatives in Africa
•  Rising food commodity prices and price volatility
•  Trade policy
•  Government stocks
•  Agricultural market information

11. The Int’l trading system and regional food security initiatives in Africa (2)
•  Investment in key food crop and livestock supply chains
•  Free trade areas, customs unions, and other initiatives for regional economic integration
•  Trade facilitation activities with a focus on agricultural products
•  Regional food reserves
•  Market information systems

12. Current policy analysis activities
•  Agricultural trade: linking crop producing areas to markets through trade corridors, promoting private investment in infrastructures supporting trade Trade corridors in Southern Africa (with FANRPAN)
•  Value chain development: connecting farmers to regional buyers and input suppliers, promoting private investments in the agro-food sector Agricultural information tool for East African farmers
•  CAADP process facilitation: Assessing achievements of ECOWAP, COMESA roadmap
•  Policy coherence for development: Coherence between the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and African food security initiativesECDPM Page 12

13. Thank you

14. Infograph

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