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Partners for Enhanced Food Security, presented by Mr William Benjamin, Agricultural Team leader for Southern Region, USAID Southern Africa office at the 2013 Southern Africa Regional Dialogue on ...

Partners for Enhanced Food Security, presented by Mr William Benjamin, Agricultural Team leader for Southern Region, USAID Southern Africa office at the 2013 Southern Africa Regional Dialogue on Agriculture,
05-06 November 2013

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  • Policy Area 1.1: Agricultural Trade Policy sub-area: Non-Tariff barriers to tradea) Unpredictable export and import controls, bans, licenses: • inhibit private sector investment; • limit access to regional markets; • disincentive increased production; and • perpetuate chronic food shortages in specific sub-regions. Increase efficiency, stability and transparency in domestic and cross-border trade consistent with international agreements to spur inclusive economic growth, and to foster increased private sector investment in agricultureIncrease efficiency, transparency and predictability in intra-regional cross-border trade to enhance access to food at more competitive prices; regional integration, investment and economic growth Policy Area 1.2: Agricultural Trade Policy sub-area: Trade Facilitationa) Customs procedures limit competitiveness and depress incentives for production, investment and trade in the SADC region. b) Cumbersome cross border procedures that lead to delays at border crossings and high costs for transportation increase the cost of doing business in the SADC region, especially in agriculture commodities where the cost is passed on to the consumer through high food prices. c) Lack of systematic simplification and rationalization of trade documentation, processes, procedures d) Lack of modern technology high cost of doing regional / international trade. e) Lack of risk management, harmonized customs to business approachIncrease efficiency, stability and transparency in domestic and cross-border trade consistent with international agreements; foster increased private sector investment in agriculture. Reduced trade and transportation costs increase competitiveness. More efficient intraregional trade in agricultural commodities for food securityPolicy Area 1.3: Agricultural Trade Policy sub-area: Improved Grades Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards, regional seed marketsa) Poor technical regulations in the area of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) b) Aflatoxins constrain export markets for groundnuts and maize commodities for regional markets c) Lack of regional harmonization for Food Safety regulation d) fruit-fly prohibits trade in fruit from SADC member states to South Africa and international markets. e) Inconsistent, unevenly enforced standards constitute significant non-tariff barriers Increase efficiency, stability and transparency in domestic and cross-border trade consistent with international agreements to spur inclusive economic growth, and to foster increased private sector investment in agriculture. sub-objective: Enhanced access to improved, quality seeds and biotechnologies – aflasafe; Aflatoxin, fruit fly mitigation; Increased capacity for investment in regulatory systems; Improved enforcement of grades and standards; Increased access to export and intra-regional markets for groundnuts, maize and fruit.Policy Area 2: Institutional Architecture for Improved Policy Formulationa) Lack of harmonization of agricultural policies in the region inhibit development of an efficient agricultural sector; b) The contribution to economic growth from agriculture is far less than potential. c) Regional agricultural market integration is limited by national policies that do not share a common framework d) Regional natural resources are not managed for sustainability and contribution to economic growth e) Human resources and services are not allocated efficiently across the region f) Vulnerable groups – women, youth are not empowered to participate fully in the agriculture sector g) Lack of capacity at member states inhibits CAADP progress and compliance Develop predictable, transparent, inclusive, evidence-based policy formulation for accelerated policy improvement and implementation in support of poverty reduction and improved nutrition. Support CAADP goals through more harmonized policies and increased capacity in SADC region; Implementation of CAADP Compacts and Investment Plans
  • USAID Feed the Future Scaling PlanFocal TechnologyIdentify the technology (defined broadly to include practices and bundles of technologies in the areas of, for example, production, post-harvest, service, and marketing) for a specific value chain (or multiple value chains). Specify the complementary technologies or practices necessary to maximize benefits. Include a brief description of the technology and current scaling efforts.

Partners for Enhanced Food Security Partners for Enhanced Food Security Presentation Transcript

  • Partners for Enhanced Food Security
  • Agricultural Trade Policy - Non-Tariff barriers to trade - Trade Facilitation - Improved Grades, SPS Standards, regional seed markets Improved Policy Formulation - Evidence-Based Policies - Regional Agricultural Policy/CAADP Compact - Regional Agricultural Investment Plan
  • Technologies for Broad-scale & High-impact Which technologies are most effective/relevant for Southern African farming systems and value chains? How to scale small holder adoption? How to scale up commercialization?
  • !Pop Quiz! Q1. Are our policy priorities correctly identified? In no, please explain your answer in more detail for extra credit. Q2. Choose any policy priority and write a brief paragraph on the under lying issues and evidence-based knowledge gaps. For extra credit suggest a research institution that could best address these gaps. Q3. Please identify 3 agricultural technologies that could be adopted in Southern Africa on a wide scale to improve food security and reduce poverty. For extra credit explain which institution(s) are best positioned to bring the technologies to scale. For extra, extra credit describe how the technology could be scaled.
  • Pop Quiz results wbenjamin@usaid.gov prmasanganise@usaid.gov Thank You