The Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) has recently organized a validation workshop on constraints in the implementation of existing policies aimed at increasing cross-border trade in the SADC region. The workshop, which took place on the 29th of November 2021, brought together policy makers, development partners, government representatives, NGOs, private sector and non-state actors involved in cross border trade in the SADC region. ReNAPRI’s lead experts Dr. Emmanuel Mwakiwa and Dr. Jackson Langat delivered a key note presentation highlighting the outcomes of a study focused on cross border trade in agricultural inputs and commodities.
In their submissions, the experts identified lack of policy harmonization, limited farmers’ access to markets, and financing in agriculture as some of the key issues affecting cross border trade in the SADC region. They, therefore, called for increased harmonization of polices in the region and more access to finance for farmers in order to increase cross border trade in the region.
This validation workshop was a follow up to a successful Regional Policy Dialogue on Cross Border trade in the SADC region which was hosted by CCARDESA and facilitated by the ReNAPRI Secretariat on the 28th of October 2021. The workshop included rich panel discussions by representatives from SADC Secretariat, USAID Southern Africa Agriculture Markets, Trade and Finance Regional Economic Growth Office (REGO) and ReNAPRI’s Dr. Shephard Siziba from the University of Zimbabwe.
Both the workshop and the regional policy dialogue are part of an ongoing partnership between ReNAPRI and CCARDESA, which has seen a ReNAPRI team composed of Dr. Emmanuel Mwakiwa, Dr. Shepard Siziba, Dr. Jackson Langat, Dr. Nalishebo Meebelo and Alphonse Akouyu provide top notch expertise to CCARDESA in its efforts to provide sustainable and innovative solutions to issues affecting cross border trade in SADC.
This work was executed under the auspices of an MoU signed between ReNAPRI and CCARDESA in October 2020.