Chronology and achievements of Previous Summits
The first 7 editions of the African Grain Trade Summit, held every 2 years between 2005 and 2015, have yielded several achievements for the grain sector in Africa and the broader agricultural sector. Notable achievements include the creation of EAGC as an organisation for the grain sector in 2006, policy reforms towards harmonisation of food standards, and implementation of the Warehouse Receipts System, to name a few. Below is a chronology and summary of achievements of the AGTS for grain trade in Africa:
The future of Regional Food Grain Trade in Eastern & Southern Africa
The Summit resolved to establish the Eastern Africa Grain Council, an organisation to promote the adoption and development of structured grain trading systems and advocate for an enabling environment for grain trade in Eastern and Southern Africa
Structured Grain Trading and Commodity Risk Management - “Staying the Course”
The Summit called for greater initiatives in financing agriculture and addressing post-harvest challenges. As such, the Warehouse Receipts System was piloted by EAGC in Kenya in 2008 and has continued to grow from strength to strength over the years
Accelerating Growth in Grain Trade: Opportunities for Strategic Partnerships and Investment
The Summit was graced by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda.
The Summit resulted in renewed focus on warehouse receipting and commodity exchanges as means of promoting structured grain trade. During the Summit, the Government of Tanzania pledged to stop export bans of staple foods. The ban was lifted in 2012.
Towards Creating an Enabling Environment for Grain Trade in Africa: Technology, Investment, Information, Policy and Services (T.I.I.P.S.)
Led to greater commitment towards improving food quality and food safety regulatory frameworks. EAC countries have adopted an Aflatoxin Prevention and Control Strategy and are currently developing regional SPS legislation.
The Summit hosted its first Regional Trade Facilitation Forum which delivered approximately US$ 57 million worth of grain trade agreements.
It also laid the foundations for cooperation amongst the African Grain Councils (EAGC, West African Grain Network and Grain Network of Southern Africa Stakeholders) to improve pan-African grain trade
Setting New Horizons: Rethinking Grain Trade for Food Security and Prosperity in Africa
Contributed to removal of an export ban by Tanzania by December 2017
Governments called for support from non-state actors to devise measures to use cross-border grain trade to achieve seemingly competing objectives of domestic food security and agro-industry development.
The 8th AGTS will look to find solutions for the missing pieces of the grain trade puzzle and attempt to come up with an action plan to deliver more and better grain trade on the continent.
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