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Should this be a theme or a sub-theme to another theme (if a sub-theme, to which theme does it belong). Propose merge with : Partnerships including Private Sector, Agribusiness trade Financing Market Access Cross-Cutting issues: Address GENDER separate from YOUTH

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theme regional trade regional integration

Should this be a theme or a sub-theme to another theme (if a sub-theme, to which theme does it belong)

  • Propose merge with:

Partnerships including

    • Private Sector,
    • Agribusiness trade
    • Financing
    • Market Access
    • Cross-Cutting issues:
    • Address GENDER separate from YOUTH
    • SMALLHOLDER FARMERS ➔ ensure that investment in mechanisms that benefit groups of smallholder farmers as a priority, and commercial scale farmers as well
    • ENVIRONMENT ➔ ensure that Science + Technology links to innovation at country level looks at economics for entire crop/livestock; share S+T intra-and inter-regionally; harmonize intellectual property rights mechanisms at regional levels
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How is this area relevant / important to the needs of your country?

➔ What are the critical areas that should be included in this thematic area ?

  • Reminder that REGION is about continent of Africa functioning in the context of strong Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • TRADE at:
    • National
    • INTRA-regional
    • INTER-regional
    • Off-continent (exports + imports)
    • BENEFITS – Factors of opportunities from Regional Trade + Regional Integration
    • There is evidence/studies that Africa can feed Africa with combination of FORMAL + INFORMAL trade
    • Overlooked innovation opportunities
    • Overlooked opportunities for agribusiness trade, i.e. all along the value chain
    • Portfolio of countries ➔ Diverse assets of resources, capabilities, demand
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what you really hope to see done to help meet country commitments?

➔ How would you know you were making progress on this thematic area (possible indicators)

  • NEED TO ADDRESS
    • Predictability of rule about import/export + wide communication of rules
    • Promotion of income growth + stability via market expansion + deepening ➔ strengthening of commodity exchanges + ancillary tool (testing + enforcement of commodity grades + standards; implement warehouse receipting systems; regional franchising)
    • Structuring regional trade via harmonizing policies and standards (phytosanitary, seeds, packaging)
    • Eliminate trade barriers (tariff + non-tariff) ➔ increase infrastructure investment via talking to AU-led Regional Infrastructure Initiative about prioritizing rural feeder roads, rural mobile towers, increasing access to energy in rural areas (solar/wind/geothermal), increase access to water; border delays
    • Increase engagement of farmer organizations ➔ marketing cooperatives; savings + credit cooperatives
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what is needed from donor community and your country to support these efforts?

  • How would you know you were making progress on this thematic area (possible indicators)
  • Need to convince at the country level that regional trade is part of the solution to food + nutrition security and income generation for farmers, i.e. regional markets are a resource
  • Increase public affairs communication promoting regional markets as a positive
  • Engaging local/regional companies who are trying to do business in the region about constraints they face and additional opportunities they would like to develop
  • Increase investment in reducing post harvest losses, including developing a fund for building out the regional cold-chain network and on-farm/rural storage
  • Align and overlap national and regional investment plans, so that donor investment at either level supports the intended impact areas
  • Deep and effective donor coordination in national and regional entities, including regional farmer association
THEME: REGIONAL TRADE + REGIONAL INTEGRATION