East African Community (EAC) amid Food Security Policy instruments validation process.
On 2nd and 3rd November 2017, the EAC Secretariat organized a National Consultation workshop on Food Security Action Plan (FSAP 2017/18-2021/22) and Food and Nutrient Security Strategy (FNSS 2017/18-2021/22).
The Investment Promotion Authority (API) was represented by Mr Jean Claude CIBOGOYE, Chief of the Export Promotion Division at the 2 day workshop. Those activities are being carried out in all EAC Partner States stakeholders, allowing them to review the above -metioned food security policy instruments before final validation.
Mr. Jean Claude Niyongendako, Advisor in charge on Agriculture and Food Security, in the Office of the President, Responsible for EAC Affairs, chaired the opening session. In his remarks, Mr. Niyongendako welcomed the participants and thanked them for attending the meeting. He informed the meeting that food security was one of the major issues for EAC integration and that people needed to eat good and nutritious food in order to be productive and contribute to the development of the region. He further thanked EAC for developing the strategy and USAID Trade and Investment Hub for supporting the initiative. He encouraged the participants to actively participate in the deliberations.
Mr. Fahari Marwa and Mr. Protase Echessah, representing the EAC Secretariat, and USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, respectively delivered their remarks, ensuring support and commitment to the success of the policy instruments under review.
“Food and Nutrition Security Strategy provides a framework for operationalizing the EAC Food and Nutrition Security Policy which has the overall goal of ensuring food security and adequate nutrition for the people of East African Community, while the EAC Action Plan (FSAP) lays the foundation for EAC Partner States to tackle the multi-faceted food and nutrition security issues using a regional multi-sectoral approach in order to achieve the four dimensions of food security namely ; availability, access, utilization and stability through enhanced productivity and efficient intra-regional trade.” said Mr. Fahari.
The representative of API was pleased to take part in the validation process of the two policy instruments on food security. In fact, the EAC policy on food security considers agriculture as the driver of the EAC economy. This is particularly the case for Burundi.
Therefore, the two policy instruments are relevant to what API considers to be a priority and strategic sector.
After the introductory remarks, participants broke into two sub-groups to work on the review of the two documents simultaneously and comments and recommendations were submitted to the EAC secretariat in respective reports from the groups.
The representatives of the EAC secretariat and the consultants thanked the stakeholders for the active participation and promised to integrate all the observations from participants, in the documents under review.