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ATPAF-ESA is the acronym for the Agricultural Trade Policy Advisory Forum for Eastern and Southern Africa. It is a consortium of public and private sector organizations, research organizations and development partners established specifically to inform agricultural trade policy in the Eastern and Southern Africa.

ATPAF-ESA operates through a framework that monitors, gathers and collates supportive evidence in order to recommend remedial measures. It focuses on trade policy of agricultural commodities.

ATPAF-ESA embodies the policy and advocacy activities of the Eastern Africa Grain Council. As such, EAGC is the coordinator and Lead Member of ATPAF-ESA.

How did the Forum come about?

Many of the challenges facing the agricultural sector in sub-Saharan Africa are founded in inadequacies of existing policy frameworks which hamper development efforts in the sector. As such, addressing such policy constraints is crucial if initiatives that seek to promote growth and development of agriculture are to succeed.

Recognizing this, EAGC with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) spearheaded the launch of ATPAF-ESA in May 2012 to provide a platform for coordinating activities geared towards evidence-based policy advocacy in the region.

What are the objectives of ATPAF-ESA?

ATPAF-ESA has four (4) strategic objectives, often referred to as Pillars. These are:

  1. Enhanced Policy Monitoring: this entails keeping track of policy developments in Eastern and Southern Africa through scoping of current policies and prevailing political economy as well as scoping policy work in the region with the aim of identifying gaps and enhancing positive systems.
  1. Enhanced evidence-gathering: ATPAF-ESA provides the evidence on which effective and supportive policies can be constituted and implemented. This entails conducting research and impact analysis on matters affecting agricultural trade in the region to ascertain the impact of such matters on trade, economic growth and livelihoods of those dependent on the agricultural sector.
  1. Capacity Building on trade policy for agricultural sector stakeholders: ATPAF-ESA works with industry stakeholders to enhance their capacity in policy and advocacy. ATPAF-ESA provides a number of training programs within the sphere of trade policy and advocacy, which are intended to increase the capacity of industry stakeholders in understanding policy dynamics, the impact thereof on their social and economic activities in the sector, and also improve their ability to engage in fruitful public-private dialogue.
  1. Enhanced Policy Dialogue: ATPAF-ESA provides the ideal platform for evidence-based policy advocacy. The forum champions constructive public-private dialogue with policymakers backed with scientifically-sound evidence, thus paving the way for creation of an enabling policy environment that supports the development of the agricultural sector in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Who are the members of ATPAF-ESA?

ATPAF-ESA embodies the spirit of Public-Private Partnership. As such, its membership of ATPAF-ESA is drawn from representatives of key actors in agriculture, the public sector, research organizations and development partners. Its current members are shown below:

EAGC (Convener) FAO AGRA
Nile Basi Initiative ACTESA WFP
Tegemeo Institute COMESA IFDC
EAC Kilimo Trust Eastern Africa Farmers Federation
Kenya Institute of Public Policy, Research and Analysis SADC ReSAKSS
TradeMark East Africa ASARECA KALRO
Grain Traders and Processors Associations Ministries of Agriculture and Trade

What services does ATPAF-ESA provide?

ATPAF-ESA provides the following services in line with its 4 Pillars:

  • The Agricultural Trade Policy Monitoring System, known simply as the Policy Watch. The Policy Watch provides an up-to-date tracker of policy developments in Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • Introductory, Advanced and Executive training programs in trade policy analysis and advocacy
  • Research and analytics
  • Quarterly trade policy bulletin which digests various topical issues on agricultural trade policy

Website: Africa Grain Trade Summit

For more information, please contact:

Kimwaga Mhando
Trade Policy Analyst
Eastern Africa Grain Council
Mbaazi Avenue, Lavington
P.O. Box 218-00606 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 710 607313; +254 733 444 035

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