What role does regional trade play in getting food from the farm to the fork

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Francesco Rampa, ECDPM
Food, Farmers and Markets
Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Annual General Assembly
30-31 January 2013, The Hague
Francesco Rampa attended this meeting and facilitated a session on Aid for Trade and Agriculture.

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  • 1. What role does regional tradeplay in getting food from the farm to the fork? FRANCESCO RAMPA Programme Manager – Food Security GDPRD Annual General Assembly 31 January 2013, The Hague
  • 2. Why regional trade ? • Integrated reg.markets enable food to move from surplus to deficit areas, increasing food availability, reducing price volatility, stimulating diversification BUT: poor performance of African agricultural markets (only 25% marketed - 19% of intra- Afr exports is agric)  infrastr & Governance & Policy Bottlenecks  low supply response, no incentives to inv, export bans…ECDPM Page 2
  • 3. Why regional cooperation ? • Individual countries alone cannot address challenges & opportunities • Coherence/coordination of different reg. initiatives enhance their chances of success, also ODA (HORIZ.COHERENCE) • Coherence/coordination of reg. and national action increase the value of both (VERTICAL COHERENCE) • Linking food security and regional integration can help public-private cooperation & stimulate investmentECDPM Page 3
  • 4. THIS GROUP: • Challenges and opportunities : corridor approaches & trade facilitation for PSD for food security • political economy and trade policy issues that constrain open regional trade • a common vision on  opportunities for private sector involvement in infrastructure development for regional trade  opportunities for the expansion of local and external agribusiness investments in regional trade corridors in Sub-Sahara Africa  the role donors can play in promoting regional tradeECDPM Page 4
  • 5. Different Regions – Shared Challenges • ECOWAS, COMESA, EAC, SADC, ECCAS, IGAD … Spaghetti • vert coherence & horiz coherence • Businesses say (“Grow Africa”) bottlenecks to inv in CAADP are often regional … business-led RI • Participation of NSA in Reg CAADP Compact preparations? • Which agric.model ?ECDPM Page 5
  • 6. DPs challenges • DPs at HQ-reg-nat to align/coord/harmonize Reg Compacts (reg DWG)? • From aid to development effectiveness? • PPPs ? • What are early deliverables & pilots (CAADP)?ECDPM Page 6
  • 7. First ever AU Joint Ministerial on Trade & Agric • Plan of Action for Boosting Intra-Africa Trade …early deal to liberalise key regional food staples markets? • CAADP the instruments to define and operationalize trade-agriculture collaboration • Strengthening the capacity of relevant institutions and producers to effectively participate in these innovative practices and monitor their impact at country level; • Mandating AU,NEPAD,RECs to institutionalize policy dialogue aimed at realizing synergies between agriculture and trade sectors;ECDPM Page 7
  • 8. Thank you fr@ecdpm.orgwww.ecdpm.org/foodsecurity www.ecdpm.org/dp138 www.ecdpm.org/bn38 Page 8