Participants in the second Brussels Briefing on ‘Advancing African agriculture‘ were briefied by Angel Elias Daka of COMESA on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). He described its four pillars, its operations, and the current status of its activities.
In particular, the CAADP starts from a recognition that Africa has an enormous amount of land, most of which is being degraded and progressive abandoned. Food insecurity is a primary consequence of this situation. For this reason, the CAADP’s objective is to halve hunger by targeting an annual agricultural growth rate of 6% by 2015. This will be possible only if investment in agriculture will incease to around 10% of annual national budgets.
Its first pillar aims to extend the land area under sustainable land and water management; the second addresses infrastructure issues such as transport and irrigation; the third focuses on food supply and hunger reduction; and the fourth pillar seeks to improve agricultural production through technology adoption.
Operationally, the process begins with a focal point person in national ministries of agriculture. He or she forms a steering committee with representatives of all sectors and actors. This committee leads to a donor conference where options are elaborated and decided and a compact is signed.
The CAADP is operational in all COMESA states with Rwanda the first country to adopt the process. By 2008, all COMESA countries will endorse development programmes through CAADP processes.
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