- For the achievement of the goal set out in Article 56, the Community shall, through competent Community Organs and Bodies, promote and support:
(a) the production, diversification, processing and marketing of agricultural products;
(b) the establishment of effective agricultural financing systems, including insurance, bearing in mind the special needs of artisanal fishers, small farmers, foresters and agro-processors;
(c) the establishment of linkages among the Member States with complementary natural resources, industries, agricultural skills and technical abilities;
(d) the development of human resources and delivery systems responsive to the requirements of the agricultural sector;
(e) the development of appropriate policies for the use of land and marine space with a view to increased agricultural production;
(f) appropriate land tenure systems to provide the farmer with security of tenure;
(g) the establishment of effective information and market intelligence services; (h) research and development with a view to the adaptation, dissemination and application of appropriate technologies at all levels of the sector and all stages of production;
(i) the adoption of effective measures for rural enterprise development;
(j) public education to enhance the economic and social profiles of agriculture, particularly among the youth;
(k) the establishment of an effective regime of sanitary and phytosanitary measures;
(l) the establishment of a policy environment designed to attract investment to the agricultural sector; and
(m) technical co-operation and the dissemination of knowledge in agriculture.
- For the purpose of assisting the Member States to implement the agricultural policy set out in paragraph 1, COTED shall establish effective support measures including:
(a) strengthening the relevant administrative and institutional framework to modernise and enhance the competitiveness of agriculture by:
(i) improving the capability of the Member States to undertake policy analysis, formulation, planning, execution and resource mobilisation for the development of the sector;
(ii) investigating and analysing developments in the agri-food sector; and
(iii) improvement of the collection, analysis and dissemination of empirical data and other relevant information;
(b) upgrading of national and regional capabilities in the areas of sustainable natural resources management;
(c) enhancement of the capabilities of the Member States in the areas of agricultural trade analysis and negotiations; and
(d) promotion of a mechanism for the collaboration of farmers, fishers, foresters and the social partners in agricultural development.
- The Community shall:
(a) promote collaboration among the Member States and competent regional organisations in the areas of policy formulation and implementation of regional agricultural policies; and
(b) establish an effective regime to protect regional agricultural production from dumping, subsidisation and other unfair trading practices.
- The Community shall, as a matter of priority, and in collaboration with national, regional and international agencies and organisations, promote and adopt measures relating, inter alia, to:
(a) the provision of appropriate inputs; and
(b) the development of infrastructure, such as port facilities, drainage, irrigation, access roads, post-harvest handling and marketing facilities.