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CAADP entering next phase

How can Africa boost agricultural productivity and increase public investments? — That was the question put to agriculture and finance ministers from sub-Saharan Africa in two side events at this year’s World Bank-IMF annual meetings.


//   Sustaining the CAADP momentum

At the first meeting on 9 October, Abebe Haile Gabriel, the African Union Director for Rural Economy and Agriculture, noted that 2014 was designated as AU’s year of agriculture and food security. In the same year the AU will launch its new plan for CAADP called “Sustaining the CAADP momentum”.

In its next phase, CAADP will focus on implementation, Gabriel said. “We would like to use this opportunity to call on our partners to support the next phase of CAADP which is going to be very exciting,” he noted. CAADP’s next phase will put a new emphasis on issues such as creating stronger platforms for agriculture policy formulation, encouraging private sector development in the agriculture sector, support for climate smart agriculture, education, food security and improved nutrition.

Gabriel also announced that new funding for CAADP, a second multidonor trust fund (MDTF), managed by the World Bank, will be sought. The MDTF is one of a couple funding mechanisms that provides grants to African institutions and finances technical assistance to the CAADP process.

//   Boosting public investment in agriculture

At the African ministerial roundtable on 10 October, ministers of finance, economy, planning, and agriculture discussed strengthening agriculture public expenditures in sub-Saharan Africa. The ministers discussed their progress in improving agriculture spending polices and steps that have been taken to improve the quality of funding allocation for agriculture.

Mahama Zoungrana, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security for Burkina Faso, urged participants to consider steps to boost each country's ability to generate financial statistics. “Improving agriculture budget allocations depends on addressing the weaknesses in our statistical abilities,” he said.

World Bank Vice President for Africa Diop agreed with the ministers who said that improvements in data gathering and analysis would go a long way to improve the quality of agriculture allocations. “I am pushing this agenda,” he said.

Several ministers cited the need for increased private sector involvement in agriculture investment and productivity.

//   CAADP's progress

Launched by African leaders in 2003, CAADP seeks to encourage governments to increase investments into the agricultural sector and allocate 10% of their public expenditures to the agriculture sector.

Since 2003, 32 countries have created national agriculture investment plans that lay out priorities for meeting the CAADP goals. On average, public agriculture expenditures have risen by over 7% per year across Africa (more than 12% per year in low income countries) and have more than doubled since CAADP’s launch, signaling greater recognition of the agricultural sector as an engine of growth and poverty reduction.

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EC to become next DPTT chair

ec-logoThe European Commission has signaled their willingness to take over the chair of the DPTT from CIDA next month.


//  Preparing the transition

A formal handover is scheduled to take place at the CAADP Partnership Platform (PP) meeting in March in Addis Ababa. CIDA will work closely with the EC to ensure a smooth transition. For the Business Meeting, that takes place right after the PP meeting, the EC will be co-chairing.

Chairing the DPTT is considered a challenging task. The EC expressed that they hope to serve the donor community well in this endeavor, providing support to the progress of CAADP.

// Contact points

Marie-Helene Novak (marie-helene.novak@ec.europa.eu) will be the main point of contact at the EC, and she will be assisted by several colleagues including in particular Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unitand also Platform focal point for the EC.


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CAADP__ ReSAKSS efforts to strengthen M&E systems at country level

caadp 2012-10The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System plans to establish twelve more country SAKSS nodes in 2013 and since some challenges remain, country assessments will be conducted this year. ReSAKKS coordinator Godfrey Bahiigwa provided this update of the plans.


//  Challenges in establishing country SAKSS nodes

ReSAKSS – facilitated by IFPRI -- supports the establishment of country SAKSS nodes to strengthen national capacity for policy analysis, dialogue and review. So far, SAKSS nodes have been established in four countries: Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique and Ghana.

Yet, in some countries -- such as Uganda and Mozambique -- sustaining the operations of the SAKSS nodes has faced some challenges. ReSAKKS is therefore undertaking Country Needs Assessment (CNA) studies in 15 countries, including those in which SAKSS nodes are operational.

//  Country assessments to be complete by June 2013

The objective of each study is to understand the policy needs of the country as well as the existing institutional architecture relevant for agriculture to function as a system. The studies are expected to be completed by June 2013 in all 15 countries. The outcomes of the studies will be used to develop a capacity building strategy.

//  ReSAKKS work in 2013__ Establishing nodes in more countries

In the first half of 2013, ReSAKSS will work in six countries in the following ways:

  • Strengthening SAKSS nodes in Rwanda and Ghana
  • Re-establishing the SAKSS nodes in Mozambique and Uganda
  • Establishing SAKSS nodes in Togo and Senegal

In the second half of 2012, new SAKSS nodes will be established in six more countries: Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over the next two years, ReSAKSS will help to establish SAKSS nodes in more countries, including Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger and Tanzania, bringing the total to 18 countries over a three-year period.

//  Partnering with AGRA and FANRPAN

AGRA and FANRPAN are involved in similar efforts as ReSAKKS and there are efforts to harmonise and coordinate work around the country SAKSS nodes. In order to explore how to improve coordination among the various initiatives at country level, a meeting is scheduled for 11-12 March in Pretoria. The outcome of the meeting should help bring common understanding of the country needs as well and develop a harmonized approach to country support, working together to strengthen SAKSS nodes.


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Fisheries in West Africa__ Addressing illegal and unmonitored fishing

fisheries management_jan2013Intra-regional fish trade and illegal fishing have huge impacts on food security in West Africa. That is why the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) proposed several projects to address issues in fisheries management at their 5th Ministerial Conference.


//  Improving food security through better fisheries management

Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria, forming the The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), have come up with project proposals for fisheries management and are advertising for donor engagement. The topics are:

  1. Improving of policies and legislative and regulatory framework of maritime fisheries management
  2. Integratign of migrant fishermen in the management of maritime artisanal fisheries
  3. Developing sub regional trade fisheries products
  4. Increasing market access to the international market of fishery products
  5. Supporting co-management for maritime artisanal fisheries
  6. Strengthening of the regional legal framework to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing
  7. Developing of a regional center for processing and disseminating satellite data to fight IUU fishing
  8. Creating fishing vessels registers in the FCWC member countries
  9. Assessing fish stocks and climate change understanding

//  Cooperation in African fisheries management

Most of the member countries of FCWC, which was founded in 2006, have no substantial coastal fishing fleet (except Ghana) and are net-fish-importers. There is also a massive problem with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing with foreign fleets at the same time. All of this creates pressure within the West-African region to jointly address fisheries management.

Ghana has a substantial small-scale fishing fleet with pirogues and migrating local fishermen. In all other member countries, the very destructive and inefficient beach seining is used predominantly. This method requires the lowest investments in gear and is most easily accessible, but it targets undersised juvenile fishes and uses the fisheries resource very inefficiently.

The 5th Ministerial Conference of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) took place in Lomé, Togo from 13-15 December 2012.

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Project proposals__ PDF

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FCWC

FAO website about FCWC


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Outcomes__ AU Joint Conference of Ministers of Agriculture and Ministers of Trade

caadp 2012-10Ministers made commitments to take forward the "Sustaining CAADP Momentum" exercise at the AU Joint Conference of Ministers of Agriculture and Ministers of Trade (JCMAT), recently held in Addis Abeba.


//  Sustaining CAADP momentum

Ministers felt that the continuation of the exercise should come from the perspective of their own commitments to implementation. They requested a systematic review of the last ten years of CAAPD and identify which measures had been effective and what could be done to scale them up.

A revised "Sustaining CAADP Momentum" document is due to be circulated beginning of January, incorporating the issues raised by the ministers – viz. clarity on agricultural commodities and enterprises relevant in different countries, for example irrigation, livestock or regional trade.

//  Mandate for AU Trade Department and NEPAD

A general agreement was made to bring together trade and agriculture, which has given the AU Trade Department and NEPAD a mandate for collaboration. A joint report will be prepared for the AU Summit in January 2013. The AUC and NPCA are currently developing a roadmap on how to take the agreements from Addis Abeba forward - both for the AU Summit in January 2013 and for implementation. This includes working with non-state actors at country, regional and continental level.

//  Concerns about collaboration of RECs

High level engagement between the CEO and the Commissioner will be made to address concerns about collaboration of the RECs which were raised at the Joint Conference. Plans are being made to bring executive secretaries from all the RECs to the Partnership Platform meeting in March 2013 to discuss their responsibilities in CAADP.

//  Downloads

Concept note__ PDF

Draft agenda __ PDF

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AU

AU Summit in January 2013


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