Overarching Productive Sector Policy
The Policy follows 3 goals:
1. Revitalise the productive sector, including strengthening local food production and marketing systems.
2. Improve farm incomes and livelihoods with particular focus on gender equity and vulnerable groups.
3. Support low carbon, equitable, broad-based sustainable economic growth and improve the balance of trade.
The Policy aims at achieving the following 8 development outcomes which are divided into different strategies. In the following, the development outcomes are outlined, and where relevant, the strategies.
1. Increased volumes of saleable agricultural products marketed by the private sector into domestic and export markets.
2. Improved quality and safety of agricultural (including processed) products.
3. Increased sustainable production (and productivity) of farm, forest and fisheries products to provide household nutrition, traditional needs, improved cash incomes and to ensure a stable and sustainable supply that caters to the demands of the industry and trade sectors.
4. More onshore processing and value adding of economically viable agricultural products.
5. Enhanced environmental services and sector resilience to natural disasters and climate change. This development outcome uses the following strategies:
5.1: Shift policy focus from "crisis management or response" to "risk reduction and re silience-building".
5.2: Government will advocate and facilitate the formulation of disaster preparedness plans, resource management plans and environmental action plans for the productive sectors.
5.3: Promote environmentally friendly production systems, including integrated crop management, integrated pest management, agroforestry and organic farming.
5.4: Strengthen regulatory frameworks and enforcement to encourage sustainable farming and fishing, protect natural resources and prevent pollution adopting a "polluter- pays" principle.
5.5: Support community based management of inshore marine resources, both empowering and assisting communities to develop and enforce appropriate conservation measures.
5.6: Utilise further the already established options to recognise land and marine Protected Areas (PAs).
5.7: Promote the importance of quantifying production (crops, livestock, fisheries, forests) its changes, and the impacts of management and development interventions.
5.8: Strengthen capacity to collect appropriate natural resources data (land, freshwater and marine) to improve land use planning and fisheries management, and to monitor impacts and sustainability of activities in the productive sector.
5.9: Review legislation and regulations with a view to strengthen provisions specifically designed to prevent, deter and eliminate IUUfishing activities.
5.10: Strengthen capacity for management of fisheries resources to include monitoring, compliance and surveillance of IUUfishing.
6. Investment in rural infrastructure to increase production, improve market access, reduce costs/improve competitiveness and support rural processing enterprises.
7. Enhanced capacity of both public and private productive sector stakeholders with a particular focus on women and youth.
8. A priority focused productive sector operating within a stable and coherent policy framework.