Major agricultural forum to sit next month
07 September 2010, New Era Publications
WINDHOEK – The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) held a regional workshop from August 24 to 26, 2010, in Benoni, South Africa.
The workshop was in preparation for the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Africa Forum (CAADP-AF) meeting to be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from October 04 to 08, 2010.
The CAADP Africa Forum is an annual five-day event that connects the pan-African CAADP framework as a platform for learning and sharing information on progress (and problems) in agriculture, and connecting people working in agriculture from across the continent.
Each year, the forum is held in a different African country and hosted by the agriculture ministry in that country.
This year, the Regional Farmer Organisations (RFOs), e.g. SACUA, ECOWAS and COMESA are taking the lead and driving the agenda of the forum.
Through using the RFOs as a platform, it is hoped that CAADP can successfully support countries to improve food security and increase agricultural growth.
A major change in Namibia’s Africa Forum Country Team is not envisaged. The country’s farmers’ unions/organisations have been involved since the start of the CAADP-AF.
The theme for this year’s CAADP-AF is, “Climate Change: Strategies of Smallholder Farmers to achieve Food Security and Income Growth in Africa”.
Under the theme, farmers contribute success stories in best practices from their countries, which are brought to the CAADP-AF so that other countries can learn from the experience and possibly apply that to their own circumstances.
Strong focus will be placed on assisting farmer organisations to use the CAADP framework to advance national and regional policy agendas in adapting to and mitigating against climate change.
The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) was also represented at the workshop.
According to NAU, it was evident from the SACAU workshop that COMESA countries have made substantive progress in the CAADP process of formulating a comprehensive country investment plan and receiving funding, whereas SADC countries are lagging behind.