DAWN Commission’s vision of re-positioning the Southwest agricultural sector has prompted the broad scoping of the sector in a bid to understand governance challenges limiting investment in the sector. The key challenges were centred on inappropriate governance of the agricultural market space which needs to be addressed by all stakeholders especially the State bureaucratic office.
To this end, DAWN Commission in partnership with DFID/PERL organised a Community of Practice for Southwest Commissioners of Agriculture. The CoP is a forum for Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Agriculture across the Region to share knowledge and experiences while also building strategic partnership towards improving their agricultural development aspirations.
The focus of this edition of the CoP was to welcome all the newly appointed Commissioners while also intimating them on the governance bottlenecks within the sector. Discussions emphasized the need for proper governance framework for agricultural market to attract investment into the sector. Such include establishing structures to capture agricultural market information and regulating the agro-input and agricultural commodities market.
Amongst the several outcomes of the meeting is the consensus to develop a Regional Agricultural Plan highlighting agricultural commodities where the Region has comparative advantage and building structures to strengthen such value chains.
The delegates committed to working collaboratively to drive agricultural reforms in their States and in the Region at large.
In realizing its vision to make the Southwest the preferred place for people to live, work and invest, DAWN Commission will continue to work with all relevant stakeholders to promote reforms in the Region.