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Virtual Workshop for Eastern African Policymakers on Responsible Contract Farming

March 31, 2021 - April 2, 2021


Contract farming is an inclusive agricultural business model that can help farmers access better inputs, markets, training, and prices. Governments across East Africa are increasingly interested in contract farming as a strategy for poverty reduction, rural development, and agricultural transformation. But contract farming can also be risky or unfair when the right legal and policy frameworks are not in place to correct the imbalance in power between small farmers and large buyers. Outcomes for women in contract farming can be especially poor. Yet there are legal, policy, and institutional approaches to governing the contract farming relationship and making sure it is fair, balanced, enforceable, and transparent for all parties, including women.

From March 31 to April 2, 2021, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will hold a virtual workshop over 3 half-days on responsible contract farming. The workshop will bring together policy-makers from across Eastern Africa to discuss legal, policy, and institutional innovations to support and promote contract farming as an important inclusive business model for responsible investment in agriculture. 

The workshop will explore key questions in contract farming governance, including incentives for agribusinesses to use inclusive business models like contract farming, legal, and policy options to get better outcomes for women in contract farming schemes. it will also explore how contract farming agreements can be better designed to withstand shocks like COVID-19. The provisional agenda is here. 

If you are an Eastern African policy-maker interested in joining this event, please register here

The event is open to policy-makers from Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, as well as officials of the East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

DATE /TIME: 31 March to 2 April, from 1pm to 5.30pm East African Time (GMT+3)

This event is organized by the FAO and IISD and with COMESA and the EAC as partners.