The ECDPM Food Programme
The first Regional Value Chain Development Platform will be a Dairy Platform for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, which was the focus of the consultations in Kigali and will then be used to design a more general approach for COMESA member states to launch future sub-regional platforms, depending on the sub-regional value chains they consider as priorities and on the sub-groups of countries willing to work together within such sub-regional platforms (i.e. depending on what makes commercial and political sense). Thanks to our good work and trust built over the years with key players in the region (COMESA but also Eastern Africa Farmers Federation-EAFF, ministries of agriculture and trade, DPs in the region, etc), the Kigali meeting was a success, with all key players from the dairy industry attending our meeting and forming the nucleus for the future Regional Platform.
We will continue and expand this important process, as much work remains to be done (including on exact roles of different stakeholders; how the platforms should be administered and made results-oriented; identifying funding opportunities for regional platforms; etc.)
ECDPM’s Francesco Rampa and Fabien Tondel co-organised and facilitated this meeting in collaboration with COMESA. Read their blog on the issue on Talking Points here.