Participation in The National Consultations on Policy and Programmatic Actions to address High Food Prices
Background of the mission
Countries recommended that, as a follow-up after the Subregional Policy Consultation held in Addis Ababa in March 2011 similar policy consultations should take place at national level with broad stakeholder participation with the aim to raise awareness of various policy options and programmatic actions and their implications for short-and long-term agricultural development, food and nutrition security at country and subregional levels.
National policy consultation in Uganda (Entebbe)
The Government of Uganda and FAO organized the first meeting in Entebbe Uganda from 17 to 19 December 2011.
Mission objectives included
- Understanding Uganda’s experience regarding food price volatility, the most affected food commodities, government’s priorities, policies and on-going initiatives, as well as challenges, constraints and their impacts in implementing policy options to mitigate food price volatility.
- Internalizing lessons from the 2007-08 crisis based on the analytical work carried out by FAO as well as the already-concluded regional consultative forums on food price volatility in other regions in Africa and Asia.
- Exploring the feasibility of existing and alternative policy options and programmatic actions and their implications in facilitating appropriate policy and programmatic decisions in Uganda.
- Identifying and agreeing a way forward and key process to deliberate on, design, coordinate and implement recommended policy and programmatic actions.
- Hearing from development partners and government agencies, to identify the needs and opportunities for financial and technical support to government.
Participation included various Government Ministries like the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ministry of water and environment, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), private sector, FAO representatives and other development partners.