|FANRPAN Participates in the 9th CAADP Partnership Platform
|8 April 2013
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the NEPAD Agency convened the 9th Comprehensive African Agriculture Development (CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP) from March 25 to 26 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 9th CAADP PP was held in a landmark year for both the AU, which is celebrating 50 years of its existence, and CAADP commemorating 10 years since it was endorsed in 2003.
The theme for the 9th CAADP PP was ‘Sustaining the CAADP Momentum - from Decisions and Commitments to Implementation for Results for Impact’, and the objective of the meeting was to evaluate progress and achievements made in implementing CAADP.
About 200 delegates who included policy makers and representatives of governments, multilateral bodies, civil society groups, development partners and farmers’ organisations from Africa and outside the Continent attended the meeting.
FANRPAN was represented at the meeting by its Programme Manager for CAADP, Ian Mashingaidze, and the Project Manager for Women and Youth in Agriculture project, Sithembile Mwamakamba. With assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Southern Africa, FANRPAN supported the participation of three youth in the meeting, and two smallholder women farmers who also participated in the Rural Women’s Assembly held on the side-lines of the PP meeting.
The meeting was officially opened by Ethiopian State Minister for Agriculture, Prof. Tekaligh Mammo who called upon Africa’s agriculture Ministers to step up leadership in CAADP. African Union Commission (AUC) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Her Excellency Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, speaking on behalf of the AUC Chairperson, Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, expressed confidence that agriculture was set to be at the centre of Africa’s development agenda. HE Tumusiime informed delegates that at the July 2012 Summit, African Heads of State and Government endorsed a decision to mark 2014 as a Year of Agriculture and Food Security and commemoration of 10 years of CAADP.
One of the key highlights was the launch by ONE of a valuable yardstick called, A Growing Opportunity: Measuring Investments in African Agriculture that reviews the past decade and finds some notable successes in terms of mustering money and political commitment, and the impact of agricultural development.
As of January 2013, the report notes, 24 countries had signed CAADP compacts and held their business meetings and launched “solid, costed and technically reviewed” plans to accelerate agricultural development. Another six countries had committed to start the process and develop plans. The report assessed 19 of those plans: Eight of those 19 countries are on track to meet the first Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015. At least 13 have had 6% annual growth in the agriculture sector. Leading the way has been Ethiopia; by 2011, the government was spending 19.7% of the total budget on agriculture, almost double the Maputo commitment. The result is average annual growth of 24.2% in the agricultural sector in the 2008-2011 period, which, in turn, has accelerated poverty reduction, particularly in the rural areas.
Furthermore, the AUC and NEPAD Agency launched a Journalists Network, to promote agricultural development in Africa. The Network, which was launched on the eve of the 9thComprehensive Africa Agriculture Development (CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP) aims to equip African journalists with a better understanding of CAADP, and the broader issues and debates related to agricultural development on the Continent.
Call for Greater Youth and Women Involvement in the CAADP Process
The 9th CAADP PP saw a greater than before call for the involvement of youth in the CAADP process. The FANRPAN sponsored youth participants actively engaged in the discussions and called a more youth inclusive CAADP process especially in countries that have not signed their national CAADP compacts or those that were still developing their investment plans.
Furthermore, the New Partnership for Africa Development Coordinating Agency (NPCA), Action Aid and other Non-State Actors organised the Rural Women Assembly (RWA) on the side-lines of the CAADP PP. The purpose of the assembly was to bring together rural women farmers from across the continent during the PP to discuss issues that affect their livelihood, food security and rights. The assembly gave women farmers an opportunity to engage with key CAADP leaders and to identify strategies to building and strengthen alliances between rural African women press for the global changes needed to protect and promote the rights of smallholder women producers in Africa.
For more information on the 9TH CAADP PP visit http://www.nepad.org/foodsecurity/caad-partnership-platform