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CAADP, PAEPARD and Climate Change Round Table Meetings for November 2010
16 November 2010


The FANRPAN Secretariat through its hosting nodes has organised wide stakeholder consultation roundtable meetings in DRC, Swaziland, South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana as listed in the table below:
 
Country Dates Status
Democratic Republic of Congo 11-12 November 2010 Confirmed
Swaziland 17-18 November 2010 Confirmed
South Africa 19 November 2010 Confirmed
Mozambique 23-24 November 2010 Confirmed
Botswana 29-30 November 2010 Confirmed

CAADP
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was endorsed by the Heads of State and Government at the Maputo African Union (AU) Summit in 2003, as the potential driver for economic growth and poverty reduction on the continent. CAADP is Africa’s plan to boost agricultural productivity and thereby tackle poverty and hunger. A key principle of the CAADP agenda is to ensure multi-stakeholder participation in the development and implementation of agricultural policy. This includes Non-State Actors (NSA) such as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Farmer and Producer Organisations, Labour Unions, Parliamentarians, Private Sector, Research Organisations and Academic Institutions.

Some of the key issues that will be deliberated on concerning NSA are:
  1. Inclusion of NSA in the CAADP Country Team
  2. The legitimacy of NSA in terms of accountability, transparency, governance and the constituencies they represent
  3. That NSA are not government critics but partners for constructive development
  4. The areas were the NSA need capacity building and strengthening
  5. Activities to increase awareness on CAADP

During the meeting deliberations, a synthesis of the core competencies for CAADP Country Team members shall also be discussed.

CAADP Implementation:
CAADP implementation has accelerated over the past few years resulting in 22 countries signing their compacts. The countries are at different stages of implementation ranging from: agreeing on priority investment areas, designing comprehensive bankable investment plans, discussing with development partners and investors as well as designing an implementation plan for rolling out the plans.

The CAADP status for each country will be discussed at each meeting and group discussions will pave the way for recommendations on the way forward including enhancing of NSA involvement in the CAADP process. Best practices and lessons learnt from other countries will also be shared.

PAEPARD
The PAEPARD session will provide a platform for dialogue on the building of joint African-European multi-stakeholder partnerships in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD), towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs).

During the consultations different categories of stakeholders (researchers, farmers, private agro-business, non-governmental organizations) will deliberate on their priority needs and research areas in which they need to develop partnerships.

The PAEPARD project is divided into 7 work packages (WPs). The WP1 and WP2 focus on mobilization and coordination of European and African stakeholders respectively. To ensure successful partnerships in ARD, the WP2 led by EAFF and FANRPAN aims at increasing the involvement of African non-research stakeholders (Non-Governmental Organizations, Farmer Organizations, Private sector organizations, Government, etc.) in conceptualizing, implementing and evaluating research projects.  WP3 focuses on information dissemination, communication and knowledge management.  The lead organization is AGRINATURA co leaders FARA and CTA as associate.  WP4 will focus on capacity building led by RUFORUM co leader ICRA and CTA as associate. WP5 deals with innovation partnerships led by FARA and CTA as associate and the co-leaders COLEACP. WP6 focus is on advocacy for PAEPARD led by AGRINATURA with co-leader PAFFO and WP7 involves Project management and coordination with lead organization being FARA and co-leaders are  AGRINATURA on behalf of EFARD.

The expected results from WP2 are:
  • An increased number and improved quality (in terms of diversity, pertinence and balance in partnerships) of African non-research stakeholders (civil society and private sector organizations) mobilized into ARD partnerships with European stakeholders
  • African research stakeholders more open to balanced participation of non-research stakeholders in ARD partnerships.
CLIMATE CHANGE:
Climate Change (CC) consultants in each of the five countries were engaged to conduct an in country study of the effects of climate change on agriculture productivity. The CC Consultant for each country will present a report of their findings at the roundtable meeting, answer questions from the participants and give specific recommendations for each country.    

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