Networking with Platform colleagues around CAADP agendas has guided AusAID programming in Africa.


The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is an Africa-owned and Africa-led initiative meant to improve food security and nutrition and boost agricultural productivity the mainly farming-based economies.

CAADP is the agricultural programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) — created by the African Union (AU) to drive economic integration in Africa and implemented by the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA).

Find more information on CAADP on their website.

//  Aims

  • Raise agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year
  • Increase public investment in agriculture to 10% of national budgets

//  Pillars for agricultural improvement and investment

  • Pillar 1: Extending the area under sustainable land management and reliable water control systems
  • Pillar 2: Improving rural infrastructure and trade-related capacities for market access
  • Pillar 3: Increasing food supply and reducing hunger
  • Pillar 4: Agricultural research, technology dissemination and adoption

CAADP in brief

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is the agricultural programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), which is a programme of the African Union. Established by the AU assembly in 2003, CAADP’s goal is to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty through agriculture. To do this, African governments have agreed to increase public investment in agriculture by a minimum of 10 percent of their national budgets and raise agricultural productivity by at least 6 percent per annum.

CAADP identifies four key pillars for food security improvement and agricultural investment:

  1. Sustainable Land and Water Management
  2. Market Access
  3. Food Supply and Hunger
  4. Agricultural Research

The CAADP is centered around the definition of national and regional plans (‘Compacts’), an agreement between all stakeholders (public, private as well as donors) serving as a framework for partnerships, alliances, and dialogue to design and implement the required policy interventions and investment programmes. The formulation of national and regional investment plans is one of the most important activities to implement CAADP after the definition and signature of the Compact. To date 30 countries in Africa have signed the national CAADP Compacts, and more than 24 have reviewed Investment Plans.

This text was written by Dolly Afun-Ogidan and Frauke de Weijer and has been taken from the ECDPM’s discussion paper “Regional approaches to food security in Africa: Early lessons from the IGAD Regional CAADP process”.

Find the entire section on page 4 of the paper which you can download here.

Also read "CAADP in a nutshell" here.

8th CAADP PP Meeting

//  Accelerating CAADP Implementation for results and impact

The African Union Commission (AUC) and NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) held the 8th CAADP Partnership Platform (PP) Meeting in Nairobi Kenya on the 3rd and 4th of May 2012 under the theme "Accelerating CAADP Implementation for results and impact".

//  Platform’s Role

Through its CAADP Task Leader, the Platform was involved in this event through (i) active participation in the PP Preparatory Task Team established by the NEPAD Agency to support the process leading to the actual meeting including agenda setting, (ii) review of the meeting's Concept Note. During the meeting, further Platform's contribution was to serve as rapporteur of thematic group discussions.

//  Main outcomes

Key outcomes of the 8th PP meeting could include:

  1. Building on delegates’ sharing of country experiences, a set of emerging priorities and actions to support an accelerated implementation of CAADP investment plans and drive Africa’s agricultural transformation, was identified. Consensus emerged that this is a key contribution to the “Sustaining CAADP Momentum” exercise.
  2. The presentation of key conclusions of the Pillar Review that marked the advent of the future Knowledge Information Support Systems (KIS), designed to be a network based approach to providing Knowledge, Information and Expert
  3. Strengthening women and youth engagement in agriculture emerged as one of the key consensus areas in the whole discussion. Among possible avenues to materialise this commitment, ideas included that of exploring a financing programme through competitive schemes to reward high performing young farmers, as well as the review of the implementation of the 10% budget allocation to agriculture and dedicate a reasonable portion of this chunk to financing targeting women and youth.
  4. Another emerging message from the meeting was the call by African constituencies, in attendance, to see less reliance on donor funding to drive the CAADP agenda in countries and more mobilisation of resources locally including from private sector to operationalise investment plans. Knowing the dominant discourse in the CAADP community so far, this message looks rather quite powerful.

More detailed information is available in the meeting's Final Communiqué.

Click here to see more of previous CAADP events.

9th CAADP PP Meeting

Donor support to CAADP

//  Development partner approach

Development partners support African agriculture by aligning with the CAADP structures, principles and processes jointly established by AU/NEPAD and other CAADP constituencies and outlined in detail in the "Guide for CAADP Country Implementation".

Development partners engage with CAADP in accordance with the "Joint Donor Principles for Agriculture and Rural Development Programmes", which "translate" the Paris Declaration and Accra Action Agenda commitments into the ARD context.

This is also in line with commitments made in the L'Aquila statement, which is based upon principles of strategic coordination, support for country-owned processes, a comprehensive approach, use of effective multilateral mechanisms, and sustained commitment.

//  Development partners’ roles and responsibilities at country level

The government-appointed CAADP country team leads the CAADP process in its respective country. In response, Agriculture Donor Working Groups (ADWG) coordinates country-level donor support for the process, working closely with the CAADP country team and liaising with other stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society.

The lead development partner within the Agriculture Donor Working Groups provides a focal point for day-to-day interaction with the CAADP country team, and for coordination with their international counterparts.

Counterparts in their respective headquarters support ADWGs, and together they advocate for senior management backing for the CAADP agenda.

CAADP and agricultural planning differs from country to country. Therefore, ADWGs need to develop a donor approach and funding mechanisms that are context-specific for their country.


The CAADP Development Partners Task Team (CAADP DP TT) deals with donor harmonisation and coordination in support of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) of the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Agency. With focal points from headquarters, the group regularly meets and consults on the possible avenues to better engage with African partners on CAADP implementation.

The CAADP DP TT follows global debates on agriculture and rural development with a specific interest in Africa, including the G-8 and G-20 engagements, etc. Through its secretariat, the Platform supports this group by helping improve networking amongst its members, contributing towards Platform members’ understanding of regional integration dimensions of CAADP, sharing up-to-date information on innovative efforts on agriculture financing and helping create more visibility of the work of the DP TT.

CAADP DP TT in-person and virtual meetings are currently chaired by Bernhard Rey (EC).


Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS)

Africa-wide network to inform CAADP implementors with readily available analysis, data and tools on:

  • Role of agriculture for development in Africa
  • Investment options and priorities
  • Benchmarks and best practices
  • Statistical information to monitor progress
  • Knowledge gaps
  • Review processes associated with CAADP and other regional agricultural development initiatives

ReSAKSS has been established by the sub-Saharan RECs COMESA, ECOWAS and SADC.

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  • Ibrahim Mayaki on increased agriculture investments of African states

  • Monique Calon on a stock taking of aid flows to African agriculture

  • Jeff Hill on how the next phase of CAADP will be different

  • Robson Mutandi on the implications of the Malabo declaration

  • Nachilala Nkombo on aid support for agricultural dev and trade in Africa

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