AGRITEC ID Plenary Session II ACTESA

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AGRITEC ID Plenary Session II ACTESA

  1. 1. Linking Small Farmers to Markets in COMESA Presentation By Julius Mathende On Behalf of Dr Cris Muyunda (CEO) Chief Executive OfficerAlliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) At the AGRITEC ID-EMRC International Business Forum Held in Lisbon, Portugal from 20-21 January 2011
  2. 2. OUTLINE• Objectives of ACTESA• Key Result Areas of ACTESA• Commodities of Focus• Mechanisms for Linking Farmers to Increase Productivity
  3. 3. GENESIS OF ACTESA• Specialised Agency of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)• Launched in Sept 2008• Endorsed by the COMESA Heads of States in June 2009• Funding: USAID, EU, AUSAid, W Bank
  4. 4. OBJECTIVES OF ACTESA• Improving the Policy Environment and Competitiveness• Building Capacity for Market Expansion and Service Provision• Integrating Farmers into Markets• GOAL-Higher productivity & Incomes
  5. 5. The Productivity Challenge: 2005, Crop Yields (MT/ha) – COMESA vs GlobalCrop COMESA GLOBAL Global Best AverageMaize 1.39 4.47 11Rice 1.12 3.84 10Wheat 1.38 2.66 5Sorghum 0.67 1.30 4Millet 0.47 0.82 4Potatoes 7.46 16.45 30Sweet 4.29 13.49 40PotatoesCassava 8.18 10.76 60Beans 0.60 0.70 3
  6. 6. KEY ASPECTS IN ACHIEVING & SUSTAINING PRODUCTIVITY GAINS• LINKING FARMERS TO INPUTS, OUTPUTS & FINANCIAL MARKETS  Market Access• PROVIDING APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICE PROVISION  Research and Extension
  7. 7. IMPORTANCE OF ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED INSTITUTION TO ADDRESS ISSUES OF SMALLHOLDER FARMING AT REGIONAL LEVEL - ACTESA• USD20 billion is spent by COMESA Member States on food imports• Only USD 0.2 billion sourced from among M/S• Great opportunities for trade – ACTESA to ensure smallholders, traders, processors, market institutions realize/take these opportunities
  8. 8. IMPORTANCE OF ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED INSTITUTION TO ADDRESS ISSUES AT REGIONAL LEVEL CONTD.• Average Fertiliser usage is less than 10kg/ha and COMESA Member States committed to increase usage to 50kg/ha by 2015• Usage of improved maize seed in the region is less than 30 per cent and COMESA Member States committed to enhance usage and trade in seed• Inputs Market Development a Prerogative - ACTESA to spearhead
  9. 9. IMPORTANCE OF ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED INSTITUTION TO ADDRESS ISSUES AT REGIONAL LEVEL CONTD.• Farmer’ and Input suppliers access to credit constrained• Poor infrastructure - high input costs and low output competitiveness• Limited funding of research and extension activities constrains technological innovation – commitment to increase budgets for research• Underscores importance of promotion of PPPs through ACTESA
  10. 10. IMPORTANCE OF ESTABLISHING A DEDICATED INSTITUTION TO ADDRESS ISSUES AT REGIONAL LEVEL CONTD.• Barriers to trade (tariff and non tariff esp. TBTs)• Inconsistencies and lack of transparency in policies - high production and marketing risks• Underscores importance of continuously working on trade policy issues to expanded agric markets remain open as does ACTESA through Agric Ministerials, COMESA Policy Organs meetings, Tripartite (COMESA,SADC, EAC ) trade negotiations
  11. 11. MAJOR ACTESA PROGRAMSCOMRAP: Services/InputsSMART - FSAAMP: Policy/MarketsBiotechnology & Biosafety (Biotech)Livestock & FisheriesWFP P4P
  12. 12. 1. COMESA REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL INPUTS PROGRAM (COMRAP) EC FOOD FACILITY SEPTEMBER 2009 – AUGUST 2011
  13. 13. COMRAP COMPONENTS• Finance: Capacity building for Financial Sector and Weather Indexed Insurance Promotion (MicroEnsure)• Agro Dealer Network: Inputs Market Development – strengthening input supply systems (IFDC)• Seed Sector Development: Harmonisation/Rationalisation of seed policies and regulations PLUS improving national seed value chains(Seed Authorities, CGIARs)
  14. 14. 2. Strengthening Markets and Regional Trade for Food Security SMART- FSMAIN OBJECTIVE:TO CREATE A -“TRADE AND MARKETING SUPPORTFACILITY”
  15. 15. 4. BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOSAFETY PROGRAMME• Working on Polices/Regulations, Long Term Program on BB, Facilitating the Panel of Experts, Roadmaps and Communication Strategy.• Country by country approach in building consensus on BB policies
  16. 16. 3. Africa Agricultural Markets Program AAMP• Capacity Building Program for Policy Makers, Private Sector, Journalists and other key stakeholders in agribusiness• Creates a network of dialogue, ideas and exchange of views between the public and private sector
  17. 17. 8. WFP P4P• Output Market Development -Promotes procurement of Commodities from smallholders.• ACTESA collaborating with the World Food Programme
  18. 18. ACTESAJulius Mathende:jmathende@actesacomesa.org
  19. 19. Thank For Your ATTENTION

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