The speakers first outlined the context and objectives of the project before summarizing the project outputs. They then discussed lessons learned through the project and concluded the presentation with a discussion of FAO’s ongoing work on trade, food security and nutrition, particularly in Africa.
Given that increasing agricultural productivity depends on improvements in productive capacity – typically supported through agricultural policy instruments – and efficient market access – affected by trade policy instruments –, countries need to ensure that agriculture and trade policies are mutually reinforcing for the effective use of scarce public resources. In this context, the FMM project focussed on the harmonization and alignment of agriculture and trade policymaking processes.
At the regional level, the project implemented e-learning courses on agricultural trade in ESA and established a regional network of trade policy experts. At the national level, FAO conducted diagnostic assessment of policy coherence and developed jointly prioritized projects and programmes.