The Enabling Environment Component of the Competitive Africa Rice Initiative, implemented by John A. Kufuor Foundation (JAKF) supported a two day meeting of the Africa Rice Advocacy Platform (ARAP) in collaboration with Grow Africa. The meeting which was held at Westown Hotels in Nigeria, on the 1st and 2nd of August 2017, enabled participants to share their best practices, discuss tools for advocacy and elect substantive executives after finalizing their constitution. This event was a follow-up to its maiden conference in Ghana on October 6, 2016.
ARAP is a sub-regional body with the ultimate objective of promoting the sustainability of quality rice production, marketing and consumption in Africa and has 11 member countries. Member countries who participated at meeting include Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin, Togo and Cote D’Ivoire.
After a successful review of the draft constitution, Ghana (Mr. John Kennedy Imoro Amoro) was elected as President, Tanzania (Mr. Julius Wambura) as vice President, Nigeria (Mr. Raufu Adekunle Lawal ) as General Secretary, Burkina Faso (Mr. Bikienga Boukari) and Benin as the Auditor (Mr. Avoce Jules Medehouenos). The representatives of these countries constitute the Executive Steering Committee of platform for the next four years.
A one year plan was prepared to foster the growth of the rice sector in partnership with institutions/ organizations like ECOWAS, AU, NEPAD, EAC, John A. Kufuor Foundation and Grow Africa to tackle ARAP’s priority areas. In the next couple of years, the priority of the platform would be to strengthen country value chain associations, harmonization of common tariffs, standards and regulations for the rice industry and sharing of best practices among member country.
His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor who is the Chairman of the JAK Foundation and the patron of ARAP hosts the platform temporarily at the Foundation premises in Ghana.