// Priority policy issues and interventions
The first document "Regional Agricultural Policy" (RAP) articulates policy issues and formalises priority areas for policy intervention. It states the following:
- The Southern African region has globally remained food insecure with stunted agricultural growth
- The region has become less resilient to environmental factors particularly climate change and variability
- Agricultural sector has over the years become less attractive to investment
- Agricultural development has a strong potential to serve as an engine of economic growth and an instrument for poverty reduction and improved food security
- To achieve full agricultural potential, SADC member states need to engage and invest more in the agriculture sector within the context of regional economic integration.
The document examines the form of the RAP and its implications; an operationalisation mechanism and its implications while a final section is entitled "Towards the Regional CAADP Compact". Support for formulating RAP was provided by FAO, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the World Bank, USAID, DFID and other partners.
// Working papers on food security in SADC
The second document contains five working papers commissioned in support of the policy process, which examine key aspects of food security in SADC.
The papers are aimed to:
- Strengthen the rationale of relevant policy issues, including by identifying potential gaps from the earlier process (e.g., on climate change)
- Identify possible interventions (broad terms), including by taking into consideration existing formal commitments made by SADC (e.g., protocols) and current interventions
- Prioritise the policy issues and proposed interventions.
// Southern African Development Community
Consisting of 15 member states, SADC aims to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient productive systems, deeper co-operation and integration, good governance, and durable peace and security, so that the region emerges as a competitive and effective player in international relations and the world economy.
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