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Cablegate: Rewanda Response to Proposed Global Partnership

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SUBJECT: REWANDA RESPONSE TO PROPOSED GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP
FOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD

REF: STATE 123480

1. (U) Emboffs reviewed reftel talking points with Minister
of State in Charge of Agriculture Dr. Agnes Kalibata.
Kalibata welcomed the initiative and agreed that a global
partnership would be helpful for advancing global food
security. The Minister noted global food insecurity "will
not go away" and needed to be addressed through global
cooperative programs.

2. (U) Kalibata suggested that while much emphasis has been
focused on food production, Rwanda needs more "post harvest"
assistance. She noted that "if farmers produce but then
can't sell their products due to poor crop storage facilities
and inefficient markets then there is no incentive for them
to produce next season". The minister recommended more
attention be placed on organizing farmer cooperatives and
providing them with assistance in selling their products
outside of their immediate communities. Better storage
facilities and packaging materials were also key to selling
beyond local markets, she said.

3. (U) The minister said that Rwanda's harvests have been
excellent, but that demand from external markets such as the
Sudan and Uganda has keep prices relatively high. While this
benefited the rural communities, she admitted that urban
consumers were suffering from the higher prices.
SYMINGTON

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