South Africa’s FANRPAN Node Host – the NAMC
The National Agricultural Marketing Council
is a statutory body that was established in terms of section three and four of the Marketing of Agricultural Product Act (No. 47) of 1996 accessible online at http://www.namc.co.za/pages/about-us/acts-and-legislation.The mandate of the NAMC as stipulated in the Act is to advise the Minister of Agriculture (now including Forestry and Fisheries) and Directly Affected Groups or stakeholders on issues of marketing of agriculture and food products as guided by the four objectives of the Act. The objectives of the Act are: to increase market access for all market participants, to promote the efficiency of the marketing of agricultural products, to optimise export earnings from agricultural products, and to enhance the viability of the agricultural sector.
In order to deliver on this broad mandate the NAMC has four operational divisions, namely: Statutory Measures, Agribusiness Development, Agricultural Trusts, and Markets and Economic Research Centre (MERC). The South African Node of FANRPAN is hosted within the MERC division of the NAMC.
Markets and Economic Research Centre’s three Areas of Focus:
- Agro-Food Chains
- Trade Research
- Linking Farmers to Markets
he NAMC is currently involved in the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) process which is driven by DAFF. In 2013 more than four CAADP consultations were done – private sector, Limpopo, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, and Eastern Cape with the remaining anticipated to be finished before the end of this year. On recommendation of DAFF the NAMC has also been tasked by Department of Economic Development with the coordinating of SIP 11 (Strategic Integrated Project) of which MERC co-chairing with Agricultural Trust Division.