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Workshop on the harmonisation of agricultural policies in Central and Western Africa

Central and Western Africa are two of the very few regions in Africa to have two regional integration organisations.

Often, there is inconsistency between the agricultural policies adopted by the institutions, thus sending conflicting signals to stakeholders and, constraining the implementation of agricultural policies in the regions.

In particular, agricultural producers are negatively impacted due to the inconsistency in regional policies of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on one hand and LUnion Economique et Montaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA) on the other. A similar situation exists in between Economic Community of Central African States and the Monetary Union of Central African States.

Aware of the limitations caused by a lack of harmonisation between policies, the regional integration organisations are in the process of developing mechanisms of convergence.

The Regional Platform of Farmers Organizations of Central Africa (Plateforme Rgionale des Organisations Paysannes dAfrique centrale PROPAC) and the Network of Farmers Organizations in West Africa (rseaux dorganisations paysannes et Producteurs de lAfrique de lOuest ROPPA)want to engage policy makers to assist the regional integration organisations of Central and Western Africa to develop synergies between existing agricultural policies in each region.

It is against this backdrop that ROPPA and PROPAC commissioned some studies and are organising this workshop with the support of CTA. The workshop will take place from 26-30 June in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The overall objective of this workshop is to secure a better understanding of regional agricultural policies and to identify synergies between agricultural policies in both regions.

The workshop will include:

  1. An overview of existing regional policies and policies under development in both regions;
  2. A presentation of studies commissioned by the farmers organisations on policy coherence in Western and Central Africa;
  3. Identification of challenges and opportunities for putting policies in place in Western and Central Africa to support regional integration between the two regions;
  4. Revisiting convergence mechanisms and propose strengthening measures;
  5. A discussion on the role farmers organisations can play in improving the existing mechanism.

Participants will include members of regional Farmers Organisations, ECOWAS, ECCAS, UEMOA, CEMAC, and other partners. It is expected that the participation of the high level policy bodies will ensure that the results and recommendations of the workshop feed into the policy dialogue in the two regions respectively.

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