The SADC region has great food production potential with the capacity to feed itself. Governments need to work closely with the private sector to address common challenges affecting the grain value chain and ensure smallholder farmers and consumers benefit from the structuring trade.

Ad hoc and restrictive agri-trade policies affect agricultural productivity. Optimal agricultural value chain outputs can be reached by unlocking the various policy bottlenecks and enhancing the trade policy environment.

The Southern Africa Grain Network (SAGNET) is a not for profit organisation facilitated by the UK Government funded FoodTrade East & Southern Africa programme. SAGNET is supporting regional efforts for private sector engagement in grain trade and policy in Southern Africa. SAGNET’s vision is to be a vibrant, well integrated, viable and sustainable grain value chain network that is contributing to the creation of wealth, employment and food & nutrition security.

At its fourth meeting of the Board of Directors, members of SAGNET drawn from countries including Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia met on 26th -27th October, 2017 at the Hotel Avenida in Maputo, Mozambique.

At the meeting, it was decided that SAGNET will focus on reviewing the impact of trade restrictions, specifically non-transparent and unpredictable import and export bans on grains. The organisation will also evaluate and propose appropriate food trade policy options that guarantee food security and economic growth while enhancing trade.

Recognising the different realities in member states of SADC in addressing food security objectives, SAGNET has availed itself to the service of governments as a partner in the development of a consultative, rules based and predictable framework for grain trade policy formulation and implementation.