Mozambican Saadpp Platform To Be Launched

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The NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) will host the first Southern African Agriculture Development Partnership Platform (SADDPP) Agriculture Conference in Mozambique on?21 May 2013, bringing together the country?s agribusiness players and government agencies in deliberations on partnerships that can increase investment in the sector.

Formed in 2012 under the Removing the Barriers in Agriculture Programme funded by USAID, SAADDP is a multi-stakeholder partnership platform for private sector, government, farmers? associations, donors, development finance institutions and civil society to unblock investment and trade constraints in the agriculture sector.?The objective of the platform is to increase dialogue between government and private sector in efforts to develop cooperation and collaboration on resolving challenges to agriculture investment and trade.?Since its regional launch on 14 February 2012, a series of focused workshops have solicited in-depth inputs and are developing projects amongst key stakeholders in three working groups namely Regional Market Integration, Alternative Funding Streams and Capacity Building.

In Maputo, Mozambique, the NBF will launch a SAADPP platform for the country. Lynette Chen, CEO of the NBF said, ?This conference is going to showcase the promising achievements and results already realised through collaborative efforts between the private sector and government partnerships in the region. Given this background, Mozambican agriculture sector players will review challenges and organise around this platform as an instrument for new ways to grow investments in this crucial economic sector.?

The SAADDP-Mozambique platform will validate and prioritise documented and emerging barriers in the country?s agriculture sector and initiate a private sector-led multi-stakeholder engagement platform to find ways of tackling the challenges. Also in attendance will be Malawian delegates from the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) and Women In Agribusiness in Sub Sahara Africa Alliance (WASAA), who will be instrumental in the formulation of the country-specific SAADPP-Malawi platform due to launch in a few months? time.? These country platforms, which will be linked and collaborative, will collectively increase agriculture investment and development in the SADC region.

 

Source:?Terrence Mutuswa

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