New AUC Chairperson calls for accelerated CAADP implementation

Former African Union Chairperson, Dr. Nkhosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has called for accelerated implementation of CAADP for food secure Africa,PanAAC in partnership with PACA attened the event for more information read on the CAADP newsletter…

CAADP's aims and role

CAADP aims to help African countries reach a higher path of economic growth through agriculture-led development. CAADP also aims to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty through agriculture. CAADP brings together key players at the continental, regional and national levels to improve co-ordination, share knowledge, successes and failures, to encourage one another, and to promote joint and separate efforts to achieve the CAADP goals.

Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is the agricultural programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).CAADP was established as part of NEPAD by the African Union (AU) General Assembly in July 2003 and focuses on improving and promoting agriculture across Africa. CAADP mainly focuses on improving food security, nutrition, and increasing incomes in Africa's largely farming based economies. It aims to do this by raising agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year and increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of national budgets per year. This Programme brings together key players in agriculture such African leaders, policy makers, scientists, partners and farmers to unleash agricultural growth and sustainable development on the continent.

CAADP's vision

Through NEPAD, CAADP addresses policy and capacity issues across the entire agricultural sector in the African continent. CAADP is entirely African-led and African-owned and represents African leaders' collective vision for agriculture in Africa. This ambitious and comprehensive vision for agricultural reform in Africa aims to achieve an average annual growth rate of 6 percent in agriculture by 2015. African leaders hope to see:
  1. Dynamic agricultural markets within countries and between regions in Africa.
  2. Farmers taking part in the market economy and enjoying good access to markets so that Africa, capitalizing on its comparative and competitive advantages, becomes a net exporter of agricultural products.
  3. A more equitable distribution of wealth for rural populations in terms of higher real incomes and relative wealth. Rural populations will have more equitable access to land, physical and financial resources, and knowledge, information and technology for sustainable development.
  4. Africa as a strategic player in agricultural science and technology, meeting the growing needs and demands of African agriculture.
  5. Environmentally sound agricultural production and a culture of sustainable management of natural resources as a result of better knowledge, more information and the application of technology. African countries are encouraged to incorporate the CAADP objectives into their agricultural and rural development strategies. As part of the implementation process, countries are subjected to an independent review process to ensure the goals of the CAADP and the needs of the country are both met.
  6. Rwanda became the first country to sign the CAADP Compact in 2007. Other countries that have signed the compact and incorporated it into their agricultural agenda include Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, DRC, Tanzania, Guinea-Bissau and Uganda.

Covid-19

Measures to enhance the resilience of the agricultural sector against external shocks like this kind of pandemic crises seem desperately needed. This could entail more circularity and autonomy in local based production systems; increased availability of and access to markets at decentralized levels. The term "think global, act local" seems to be more appropriate than ever and in response the PanAAC will launch an Agricultural B2B...
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