Market and trade-related bottlenecks often constrain initiatives to promote agricultural productivity improvements, value chain development, employment creation, and food security. These bottlenecks are often the result of misaligned sectoral policies and priorities which creates disincentives for the target beneficiaries. Strengthening the coherence of policies related to trade and agriculture is therefore fundamental to creating an enabling environment for agricultural development initiatives to work, and requires action at both the policy and project levels.
In this webinar, our presenters, Georgios Mermigkas and Ishrat Kaur Gadhok from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will provide insights from FAO’s Multipartner Programme Support Mechanism (FMM) project on Trade related capacity development for food security and nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA). Implemented in 2017 in Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia, this particular FMM project sought to achieve results at both regional and national levels.
At the regional level, one objective was to strengthen the capacities of agriculture and trade policy officers in ESA to develop and implement evidence-based trade policies. This was achieved through the delivery of facilitated and tailored e-learning courses on trade, food security and nutrition, and agriculture in trade agreements. At the national level, the project aimed to document and draw lessons from existing institutional structures and mechanisms governing agriculture and trade policymaking processes in the four countries. There were also efforts to identify opportunities to better link these processes to promote greater coherence in setting policy priorities and in the implementation of programmes.