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Welcome to ACTESA

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The Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) was launched on September 24 2008 by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)’s Ministers of agriculture. On June 9, 2009, ACTESA was established by the Heads of State of COMESA (the COMESA Authority) as a Specialized Agency to integrate small farmers into national, regional and international markets.

On March 1, 2010 ACTESA signed an agreement with COMESA on the implementation of agricultural programmes in the region. The agreement is meant to accelerate the implementation of regional initiatives in agriculture, trade and investment.


Cross Border Trade Analyst

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Specific Activities:

1. Manage cross-border trade data:

2. Maintain and update databases:

3. Monitor overall regional food balance sheets and trade:

4. Establish new border monitoring sites:

5. Regional Trade Analysis:

6. Link with Regional Organizations:

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Data Entry Specialist

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The Data Entry Specialist will work to ensure that all data which are collected from the informal cross border monitors, Ministries of Agriculture and other relevant sources (in both soft and hard forms) are computerized and analysed. S/He will work with other people within and outside ACTESA to achieve the desired project goals which establishment of a regional food balance sheet and a database.

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The First Stakeholders Regional Farmers Meeting was held at Protea Hotel in Livingstone, Zambia on 13th to 15th April 2011 under the theme ‘Aligning Production to Markets.’

The meeting, which was jointly hosted by the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), the Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions ( SACAU) and the East African Farmers Federation (EAFF), was attended by representatives of farmers’ organisations and governments from the COMESA region, development agencies and implementing partners.

The meeting discussed a number of topics, including the following:

  • Key challenges in the marketing of agricultural commodities;
  • Agricultural standards and market access and farmers participation in standards setting;
  • Models of linking small scale farmers to regional markets;
  • Issues on smallholder farmer capacity;
  • Models of how smallholder farmers can directly supply commodities to WFP through Commodity Exchanges;
  • Smallholder farmer participation in Biotechnology.

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Tenders Seed Equipment

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ACTESA invites eligible firms to submit their most competitive bids for Seed Multiplication and Certification equipment

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Seed Certification Equipment

Seed Multiplication Equipment


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