Agricultural Policy Research in Africa official launched in Addis Ababa

The Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) programme was officially launched at the ongoing land policy conference in Addis Ababa.

APRA is a five-year research programme aiming to analyse pathways to agricultural commercialisation and their differential impacts on empowerment of women and girls, poverty reduction, and food and nutrition security and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

It is run by the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and funded by the UK Department of International Development (DFID).

With a directorate at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the United Kingdom, APRA currently works in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique.

Janet Edeme, Head of Rural Economy Division, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission and Chair of the APRA International Advisory Group, highlighted the AU’s agenda for agricultural transformation at the launch.

A key objective of the AU is to reverse food insecurity and increase agricultural productivity, based on the demand for a modernised agriculture system in Africa.

In line with the AU’s values, APRA’s work will provide much-needed research in identifying pro-poor, gender equitable routes to commercialisation.

The research will address key ‘evidence gaps’ by undertaking in-depth studies on the impact of ongoing and emerging processes of commercialisation in African agriculture.

Looking at a mix of large, medium, small-scaled estates and outgrowers or contract models, APRA is investigating five crucial outcome areas: agricultural commercialisations; empowerment of women and girls; employment rates and conditions; food and nutrition security; assets, poverty, income and patterns of inequality.

APRA’s research will spread across three work streams, compromising of panel studies-examining people’s choices and outcomes and longitudinal studies –analysing pathways to agriculture commercialisation over long periods of time and in different settings.

Panel studies will include business investment in agricultural commercialisation; growth corridors and commercialisation; rise of medium-scale farmers; BRICS interventions and mechanisation; livestock commercialisation in pastoralist areas; and young people and agricultural commercialisation.

The APRA programme aims to produce high-quality evidence to inform national and regional policies and investments in commercial agriculture as well as provide a much better understanding of the political economy behind decision-making on agricultural commercialisation in Africa.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

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President Zuma arrives in Botswana for the 4th session of the SA-Botswana Bi-national commission

President Jacob Zuma has this evening arrived in Botswana to participate in and co-chair the 4th Session of the South Africa- Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC).

President Zuma and President Seretse Khama Ian Khama will today, 17 November 2017, co-chair the BNC session.

The SA-Botswana BNC is preceded by a Ministerial session held yesterday, 16 November 2017, to consider and adopt the draft Agreed Minutes and Joint Communique negotiated by Senior Officials on 14-15 November 2017, as well as the agenda and programme for the Heads of State session.

During the BNC, both countries are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on Tourism.

South Africa and Botswana enjoy cordial relations which are informed by cultural ties and geographical proximity. They also cooperate on a wide range of areas including, transport, trade and investment, health, education, environmental issues, water, science and technology, agriculture, justice, immigration, energy, finance, culture, security and sports.

The two countries meet annually at the level of the Heads of State within the framework of the BNC to review bilateral cooperation and discuss issues of common interest.

South Africa remains one of Botswana’s major trading partners. At present, a number of South African companies are currently operating in Botswana in various sectors.

President Zuma is accompanied by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Ms Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology; Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry; Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister of Water and Sanitation and Ms Tokozile Xasa, Minister of Tourism.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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Africa’s youth are a ‘ticking time bomb’

A representative from Namibia’s Ministry of Land and Resettlement at the 2017 Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA2017) in Addis Ababa, Prisca Mandimika, has urged African governments to ensure that land reforms and acquisition processes favour the youth, stating, “Youths constitute the biggest social group in Africa and are therefore a ticking time bomb if we continue to exclude them from such important matters.”

Ms. Mandimika was speaking at the end of a session she chaired on 15 October during CLPA2017 under the theme, “Youth and Land Reform: A Story of Engagement and Exclusion.” The session featured case-study presentations on land related challenges faced by youths in Namibia, Zambia and South Africa.

A common problem raised in all the presentations was the lack of government initiatives to promote land ownership and land use among youths. This was cited as a major contributor to youth unemployment and increasing crime rates in many African countries with high levels of mismanagement and corruption in the land sector.

In a paper titled, “Empowering the Zambian Youth with Land Information for Sustainable Development,” Raphael Chikwampu – Country Coordinator of the MELA Project in Zambia – said customary land constitutes 94 percent of land in Zambia and that this simply worsens the unfairness in land allocation.

“This just tells you that most of the land is managed according to traditional norms and practices where there is limited transparency and youths are not a priority,” said Mr. Chikwampu. He added that customary land management is fraught with gender inequalities, poor documentation, and that the indiscriminate sale of land by traditional rulers is hardly challenged by their subjects.

This position was also highlighted in a presentation by Frank Byamugisha of the African Center for Economic Transformation in Accra, Ghana, where customary tenure and practices were described as “largely biased against youth, girls and young women.”

Mr. Byamugisha stated that the customary land sector provides limited legal protection and access to information on land rights for youths.

For his part, Kletus Likuwa, Senior Researcher at the University of Namibia, who presented a paper on the ‘Voices of Youths on Customary Land Rights and Registration’ in Namibia said the situation is worse for women.

“Such challenge is even more serious with female youths because of the patriarchal nature of most of our land allocation structures, especially in rural areas where parents traditionally hand down their landed property to male children,” said Mr. Likuwa.

Admire Nyamwanza who spoke about the situation in South Africa (SA) said major debating points and policy initiatives on land in post-apartheid SA are mainly centred on race, class and gender dynamics.

“As a result of this,” said Mr. Nyamwanza, “we have only 13 percent of youth beneficiaries of the land and agrarian reform since 1994, meanwhile youth unemployment is currently at an all-time high of 55 percent. This is a ticking socio-economic time bomb if not addressed.”

The good news, added Mr Nyamwanza, is that, “the land issue has moved to the centre of political and economic discourses and youths are very much part of current contestations around land and economic transformation in the country.”

The chair of the session, Ms. Mandimika noted that it would be ideal if youth themselves can push for their inclusion in land related matters, adding “CLPA2017 clearly provides the platform for such discussions.”

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Agrofood & Plastprintpack West Africa 2017 featuring a record participation of 90+ exhibitors from 21 countries

Organized by the German trade fair specialists Fairtrade (www.Fairtrade-Messe.de) the 4th edition of Agrofood (www.Agrofood-WestAfrica.com) & PlastPrintPack West Africa (www.PPP-WestAfrica.com) will take place on 05 to 07 December 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana. More than 90+ exhibitors from 21 countries including 5 national pavilions from Algeria, France, Netherlands, Poland and Sri Lanka, make the 2017 edition the biggest ever. The figures of rising food imports confirm that the largest food market in Africa is still undersupplied. Rising technology imports indicate massive investments in processing, plastics and packaging equipment and a revival of local production.

West Africa’s 4th International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food & Beverage and Plastics, Printing & Packaging Solutions and Technology takes place on the background of positive economic data as figures of WTO and VDMA indicate a clear upward trend for West Africa’s Agrofood & PlastPrintPack industry. Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal are the largest importers of finished food as well as of agricultural and food processing and packaging technology in West Africa – apart from Nigeria.

Largest food market in Africa still undersupplied

West African food imports increased to 14.4. Billion US$ in 2015 compared to 13.1 billion US$ in 2014, a plus of 10% (WTO World Trade Organization). The figures of rising food imports show that the largest food market in Africa is still undersupplied.

Rising technology imports indicate massive investments and a revival of local production

  • West African imports of agricultural machinery and equipment amounted to 187 million euro in 2016 (German Engineering Federation VDMA)
  • West African imports of food processing and packaging technology increased from 506 million euro in 2015 to 556 million euro in 2016 (VDMA), up 10%
  • West Africa imported plastics technology worth 142.9 million euro in 2016, printing and paper technology of 121.8 million euro and packaging technology worth 240.2 million euro.

Rising technology imports confirm massive investments in processing, plastics and packaging equipment and indicate a revival of local production and an extremely promising medium-term development.

Agrofood & PlastPrintPack West Africa 2017 the biggest ever

“This year 90+ exhibitors from 21 countries are represented, making the 2017 edition the biggest ever”, says Leonie Ganser, project manager at Fairtrade. “The exhibitors come from Algeria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.”

In addition to many global players, 5 national pavilions participate from:

  • Algeria, showcasing agribusiness products, solutions and technology
  • France, organized by adepta – offering French know-how and technology for agriculture, livestock and Agrofood production of 8 exhibitors
  • The Netherlands under the motto “Holland-Ghana Growing together” offering seeds, plants, processed foods and tissue culture supplies
  • Poland, displaying Agrofood products and equipment by 12 exhibitors
  • Sri Lanka Tea Board with 5 exhibitors offering Ceylon Tea

Institutional support:

Agrofood & PlastPrintPack West Africa 2017 is supported by the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture and of Trade and Industry, the Delegation of the German Industry and Commerce in Ghana AHK, the French Agrofood association adepta and AVEP – Associación Valenciana de Empresarios de Plásticos.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Fairtrade Messe und Ausstellungs GmbH & Co. KG.

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Project Management
Fairtrade GmbH & Co. KG
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Tel +49 / 62 21 / 45 65 14
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Fairtrade – Valuable business contacts:
Fairtrade (www.Fairtrade-Messe.de) was founded by Martin März in 1991. Since long, Fairtrade ranks among the leading organisers of professional international trade fairs in emerging markets, especially in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Managed by its shareholder and committed to the values of a family business and the team spirit, Fairtrade maintains a powerful network of partnerships throughout the world. Fairtrade organizes shows in the sectors Agrofood, Building, CIT Solutions, Energy, Environment, Industry and PlastPrintPack and strives for a high level of customer satisfaction. By means of innovative products and excellent service Fairtrade organizes professional platforms for valuable business contacts between exhibitors and visitors. A member of UFI the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, Fairtrade’s management system is ISO 9001: 2008 certified.

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