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Regional agricultural policy: priority policy issues and interventions

Guided by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Treaty of 1992, several SADC Protocols have been developed to guide, support and promote appropriate actions at regional and national levels towards the attainment of the SADC Common Agenda which promotes sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development in order to ensure poverty alleviation with the ultimate objective of its eradication, enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa and support the socially disadvantaged through regional integration.

This document presents the overall analysis undertaken towards the prioritisation of policy issues and identification of relevant interventions for the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP). Additionally, it provides initial thoughts on the operationalisation of the RAP and finally raises issues requiring further work and clarification.