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• An additional component of Improved food and nutrition security in the region under cross cutting issues • Promotion of incentives and investments in agriculture 4.1.1 Reaction from the participants: Participants had the following comments: ESAFF and other farmer organisation should continue working within the SADC RAP Working Groups and there is need for a more elaborative work in each member country. Need for institutional and organizational support to farmer organisations to ensure that the policies are sustainable and implementation monitored. Need for SSFs to be at the fore front in advancing their issues Need to translate documents into vernacular language so that everyone understands the processes. Need for more platforms of engagement To conduct sensitization meetings with other SSFs To engage the SADC RAP focal points at national and regional level Create linkages with other like-minded farmer organizations in the SADC RAP IP and Malabo Processes Creation of platform for women to benefit in the SADC Regional Agricultural Development Bank. 4.2 In presentation 2 on The SADC Agricultural Development Fund, he highlighted the following: SADC Agricultural Development Fund is a financing mechanism intended to provide financial support for the implementation of the national agricultural investment plans within the framework the RAP and RAIP. The draft ADF will be a Special Facility under the SADC Regional Development Fund in accordance with Article 8 of the Agreement on the Operationalization of the SADC Regional Development Fund. The fund would be supported by member states subscriptions with a total of 1/3 billion US$ to be raised by 2018 with countries contribution 120 million per sphere. The purposes of the ADF draft guidelines includes financial support from the Agricultural Development Facility (draft ADF) within the framework of the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) and the SADC Regional Agricultural Investment Plan (RAIP); and the management, controls and systems to be put in place by Member States to facilitate for the implementation of these guidelines. These Guidelines apply to all SADC Member States, SADC Subsidiarity Organizations, regional and international organizations dealing with programmes and projects in the agricultural sector in the SADC Region. The processes needs participation and inputting by SSFs for finalizing the draft ADF guidelines and SSFs can benefit by coming as a farmer group such as ESFF and not wait for their governments that can take too long due to bureaucracy. 8 | P a g e

The fund would be thematic and sector based such as fisheries or horticulture and would be also based on the entire value chain such as in production and value chains or market access as examples. 4.1.2 Contributions from the participants: Need for SSFs to form clusters to benefit in both the RAP IP and ADF How will the fund be channeled and how will women SSFs benefit in the IP and ADF processes. It is not possible to incentivize large institutions to support SSFs because it has not been fully implemented in the region except in certain areas of DRC and RSA whereby SSFs have been engaged in contract farming but contract farming has been blamed for marginalization of the farmers in profit sharing. Build the capacities of SSFs to engage and understand the processes. Need for more elaborative work in each country to ensure that more SSFs can participate. 4.2 In presentation 3 he focused on The Timelines of the Implementation Processes and Institutions and Stakeholders to be involved in the implementation of the SADC RAP IP and its ADF. He advised that: • From the RAP IP, the region will go to NAIPs and SSFs need to be at the forefront in pushing their issues in their specific countries. • The funding trends of the Fund would be as follows: ADF 49% from outside sources, Governments 29% and the private sector coming in with 21%. • There would be risk sharing in agricultural value chains and agricultural lending this SSFs can still benefit from low cost financing. • The region would venture into more developmental projects for agro-dealers. • There would be technology transfers and access to inputs 4.2.1 Reaction from the participants: Participants raised the following issues: • There is need to ensure clarity on how women SSFs would be incentives and how institutions would support SSFs thus the need for SSFs to participate since the process has not yet been finalized. • To lobby countries that have not yet signed the ADF • How can private agro-dealers advance issues pertaining to SSFs? • Poor financial support due to lack of collateral security. • Poor market information amongst SSFs is a challenge and how is this addressed • How is value addition promoted for the benefit of SSFs • Need to take the issues from the region to national levels and bring everyone on board. 9 | P a g e

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