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Work Plan Meeting: Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA)
Livingstone
May 2009



What is ACTESA?

ACTESA is an initiative designed and launched by COMESA, under the CAADP agenda to:

Bring together existing and new activities (mainly of Pillar 2 – Markets- and Pillar 3 – Food/Nutrition Security) in an institutional framework

ACTESA’s goal

Increased integration and improved regional competitiveness of staple food markets across COMESA leading to broad based growth and decreased food insecurity

Why ACTESA?
  • 90% of all Staple Crop Producers are smallholders
  • Only about 10% produce for the market; 90% produce for household consumption
  • 50-60% (of the 10% who produce for the market) sell at harvest (only to buy later)
Seeks to Tackle the Poor organization of smallholders and the lack of Predictable selling mechanisms

The COMESA Region receives Substantial Quantities of Food Aid – ACTESA seeks to help Member States to ensure that,
  1. food aid assistance in the region is development oriented, and
  2. is promoting sustainability of food security among target beneficiaries.
  • USD19 billion is spent by COMESA Member States on food imports
  • USD 3 billion Intra COMESA trade in all agricultural products
Region has Great opportunity to expand trade in food staples – Has well known food surplus areas

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