All regions activities
At the request of stakeholders, support to the Central Africa region focuses on three main sectors: cassava; coffee; and cotton. Overall, some 22 interventions are being funded under the AAACP for an aggregate amount of € 3.8M
East & Southern Africa
The programme is focusing its support to commodities which are significant in the economies of the countries concerned, i.e. Food Crops & Horticulture products (cassava represents 75% of total root and tuber production and is an important food security staple); tree crops (mainly quality coffees); cereals (maize is becoming the most common dietary staple); and cotton.
West African agricultural producers, including cotton growers are facing one of the most severe crisis of the last decades, with fluctuating prices, combined with a dramatic increase in costs of inputs. And in a context of price volatility, food security is more than ever a key priority in the region.
The AAACP is contributing to address these issues, by providing support to specific sectors identified as priorities during consultations with the region. Programme partner International Organisations are joining their efforts to develop participatory strategies, strengthen diversification options and increase the capacities of the stakeholders concerned.
During the programme regional kick-off workshops, the Caribbean region expressed the wish to (i) replace 15-20 % of food imports by locally produced commodities; (ii) develop sustainable and economically viable agricultural value chains; (iii) combine regional resources so as to achieve economies of scale, and; (iv) benefit from support which is coherent with the Jagdeo Initiative.
In view of addressing the needs expressed by the region, the programme has approved interventions for a total amount of €3.7 M. Disbursement as the end of June stood at 50 %.
Through its specific actions, the AAACP aims to enhance farmers’ productivity and competitiveness, reduce income fluctuations, open up new market opportunities, including through diversification, and facilitate recourse to market-based risk management instruments.
Programme support to the Pacific region involves a total of some twenty activities for an aggregate amount of Euros 2.5 M. Disbursement as at end of June 2010 stands at around 45 per cent. Activities cut across the three main programme areas, namely: strategy development; strategy implementation; and risk management.