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Seychelles Farmers' Assocation (SeyFA): High Level Multi-Stakeholders Forum

On 10-11 July 2014, SeyFA along with its partners, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and Seychelles Agricultural Agency (SAA) organised the High Level Multi-Stakeholders Forum whereby different key stakeholders were brought together around the table to present and discuss issues that are affecting farmers at large and the agricultural sector and together find solutions. 

The theme of the forum was: “Supporting the local production systems and improve food and nutrition security and farmer’s livelihood”. 

Following the debate and discussion, important resolutions were made and the following was agreed upon:

  • Support an inclusive approach that will ensure agricultural policies are formulated to address national food and nutrition security in a sustainable manner;
  • In line with its objectives, SeyFA will identify key and committed partners that will strengthen the agricultural value chain to improve the socio-economic situation of its members;
  • Develop and implement policies that promote, facilitate and sustain local production for consumption;
  • Ensure high standards and good practices at the slaughter house and hatchery facilities to mitigate the negative effect on the livestock producers in order to mitigate financial losses as a result to lack of cooperation and poor facilitation of service delivery and unfair trading;
  • Review the current policies on agricultural foreign labour issues and GOP;
  • Set mechanisms and policy framework to test local and imported agric-products for good quality and standards to reduce the risks of undermine human health. ( Bio- security);
  • Develop policies that will stop the practices of processing frozen imported whole chicken or parts;

  • Put in place policy frameworks and systems that will facilitate quick access to finance upon presentation of viable and bankable farming projects;
  • Initiate a debt relief scheme process that will consider write-off partially/wholly the arrears of persisting farmers to allow them a chance to repair the damages sustained from the past reform programme so that they can revive their farming businesses;
  • Encourage banking institutions to use agricultural insurances and farming contracts or sales agreement as collaterals for financial securities;
  • The government should keep its promise made to the Maputo Declaration of 2003, to invest at least 10% of the National Budget in agriculture to achieve 6% growth;
  • Review the education systems to encourage students to undertake technical and vocational training in the field of agriculture;

  • Support infrastructural investment for appropriate infrastructure to facilitate agro- processing and post harvest technology, packaging supply and distribution of local produce;
  • Establish a market information system for efficient marketing and distribution;
  • Consider incentives that will reduce the cost of production and improve productivity to make local produce affordable;
  • Speed up procedures for demarcation and legislation of agricultural land are fully resolved to encourage investment. Farming is a business, and producers must be treated like entrepreneurs who contribute to economic growth. 

Please read the full report available below.

 

from 10/07/2014 to 11/07/2014
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Knowledge Management, Markets and Value chains, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Dialogue
Region: South Africa
Countries: Seychelles