Value Chain Platforms key to market access and trade facilitation-Kalonji

COMESA Director for Industry and Agriculture Thierry Mutombo Kalonji has said setting up value chain platforms would facilitate market access information and trade facilitation for farmers.

Speaking during the official opening of the Post-Compact COMESA Regional Investment Programme in Agriculture focusing of Priority Area 2 (RIPA II) Validation Meeting held at Sandys’ Creations, Chilanga, Zambia, Mr. Kalonji said value chains for selected commodities would help link farmers to regional and international markets.

“Priority area number two of the Regional CAADP Compact focuses on removing barriers to agricultural trade and linking farmers to markets. We need to build capacity for smallholder farmers on value addition”, Mr. Kalonji said.

He said that both RIPA II and COMESA’s Industrialization Policy’s focus on agro-processing are responding to the 2014 Malabo Declaration on boosting intra-African trade in agricultural commodities and services.

Mr. Kalonji thanked technical and development partners who have supported COMESA‘s Regional CAADP process. These included the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United States Agency for International Development(USAID), European Union(EU), DFID, World Bank.

ECDPM provided technical support to the development of RIPA II while FAO is also providing technical support for the development of Regional Agriculture Investment Programmes.

Speaking at the same occasion, ECDPM Senior Policy Officer Francesca Rampa said RIPA II is focused on cialis 5 mg canada pharmacy policy reforms, implementation and stimulating Public Private Partnerships buy viagra online (PPPs).

Mr. Rampa said interventions under RIPA II are meant to make regional value chains more inclusive and competitive.

“The thrust is to improve the competitiveness of cialis online farmers. There is stiff competition in the regional and the international market. RIPA II will build on what COMESA is already doing on trade facilitation”, he said.

Speaking earlier, COMESA CAADP Coordinator Dr. Sam Kanyarukiga said the meeting was organized to validate proposed Value Chain platforms based on a wide stakeholder consultative process.

Dr. Kanyarukiga said the consultative process on selected commodities was done in East Africa for the Dairy Value Chain, Southern Africa for Rice and Cassava, Horn of Africa for Livestock and the Indian Ocean Island nations of fisheries and maize feed value Chains.

He added that the Dairy Value Chain Platform with the proposed governance structure will be piloted to provide a basis for scaling up value chains for other commodities.

The Validation meeting was attended by delegates from Burundi, Congo DR, Comoros, Djibouti, Madagascar, Malawi, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Other stakeholders that attended the validation meeting included East African Farmers Federation(EAFF), East African Grain Council(EAGC), Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association(ESADA), Association for Strengthened Agriculture Research in Eastern and Central Africa(ASARECA), Kenya Dairy Board.

Delegates that attended RIPA II Vaidation Meeting at Sandys' Creation, Chilanga, Zambia.

Delegates that attended RIPA II Validation Meeting at Sandys’ Creation, Chilanga, Zambia.

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