Addis Ababa | Ethiopia | January 2018
The release of the first CAADP Biennial Review Report on the Implementation of the 2014 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods has generated a unique momentum for agricultural development on the African continent: By publicly assessing the progress made on national level, the Biennial Review is putting soft pressure on African leaders to fulfil the commitments they made in Malabo in 2014. These re-prioritise agriculture as engine for African development.
The timely launch of the Biennial Review during the just passed 30th African Union (AU) Summit marks an important milestone of the 2014 Malabo Declaration, in which African Heads of State and Government reaffirmed their commitment to the African Union’s Agriculture Programme (Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, CAADP). With CAADP, the signatory states committed to investing at least 10% of their budget in the agricultural sector in order to achieve no less than 6% annual growth of the agricultural GDP. When CAADP was revisited in Malabo, AU member states agreed to publish Review Reports every two years, starting in January 2018, to document the progress of agricultural development on the continent.