FANRPAN participated at a Workshop on Contract Farming organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization in collaboration with the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC). The meeting was held from the 4th-7th of May 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
FANRPAN was represented by Dr David Boston Kamchacha, Director: Agriculture Inputs and Outputs Market.
The workshop brought together African and other international experts on the subject of contract farming in Africa. The output of this workshop will address, among others, one of NAMC and Department of Agriculture's broad goals namely, the issue of how to effectively link emerging farmers into mainstream markets. Linked to this goal is the national Presidential Imperative of increasing the share of black entrepreneurs in agriculture by 10-15%.
FANRPAN was invited to make a presentation on "The concept of contract farming: assessing its importance?" The presentation was to address among others, the following;
Criticisms that there is unfairness in such arrangements
Different types of contract farming and production arrangements
Impact of contract farming in Africa
Ensuring political understanding and support for the concept and for necessary regulations