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Washington, 23 Jul 2015. Designed to address the land degradation agenda in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), TerrAfrica has been set up as an international partnership for scaling up sustainable land and water management (SLWM) in SSA countries. It is investment-oriented and knowledge-based. It was formed 10 years ago (2005) under the auspices of African ministers in charge of agriculture and the environment, following the 2004 Declaration of Paris on Aid Harmonization. It is led by African Union’s NEPAD Agency (NPCA), which hosts the TerrAfrica Secretariat. The partnership now mobilizes 26 Sub-saharan African countries, as well as regional organizations, the civil society, the research community, and international partners. TerrAfrica partners include SSA Governments, NEPAD Agency (NPCA), regional and sub-regional organizations (e.g. CILSS), the UNCCD Secretariat and the Global Mechanism (GM), FAO, IFAD, AfDB, UNDP, UNEP, the World Bank (WB), the EC, and the Governments of the Netherlands and Norway. The GEF Secretariat has observer status. Activities have been organized along 3 directions: “Regional Coalition Building”, “Regional Knowledge Management”, and “Country Investment” promotion. They’ve been financed through a multidonor trust fund administered by the World Bank. Terrafrica doesn’t allocate resources for actual investment, but supports “whatever” is needed towards that - at scale.

Online, 27 May 2015. A lot has been going with the African agriculture framework CAADP during the past nine months, reaching its climax in Malabo in June 2014, where the African Union adopted the ‘Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods’ and launched the African Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA).


Brussels, 10 Nov 2014. The next phase of CAADP will surely be critical, new modes of thinking will have to enter the minds of the implementers to be successful. Many different stakeholders are asked now to buy into the new strategy and provide input to the draft strategy document. Donors are part of the equation. They are currently discussing their perspectives and how to structure their feedback. 


Washington, 22 Oct 2013. 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.

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Brussels, 19 Feb 2013. The European Commission has signaled their willingness to take over the chair of the DPTT from CIDA next month.

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