FAC at the 8th CAADP Partnership Platform


Future Agricultures members were at the 8th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting in Nairobi, 3-4 May 2012.

We have published three new Policy Briefs on pastoralism and technology transfer:

Two of these briefings are also available in French.

More about our activities at the CAADP Partnership Platform

The 8th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform meeting kick-started with an earnest call for all African countries who have signed the CAADP Compact to increase their commitment to agricultural research and development (ARD) and production.

The two day meeting in Nairobi aimed to review progress made so far in the implementation of the CAADP agenda under the banner ‘Accelerating Implementation for Results and Impact’ and has attracted over 300 delegates from various countries.

So far 30 countries have already signed the CAADP Compact, which is a blueprint for accelerating agricultural growth in Africa. The newest entrant is Djibouti, which signed the Compact a fortnight ago.

Speaking during the opening session, Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, Deputy Secretary for the East African Community noted that most countries have made significant progress since signing the CAADP Compact. He however said that implementation has been hampered by certain challenges including climate change, food insecurity, lack of market access and storage facilities, capacity building as well as policy implementation.

Jeff Hills of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and who is also the outgoing CAADP Task Team Chair reassured the meeting that the international community was ready to rally behind CAADP and participate in a robust dialogue to find a solution to challenges plaguing African agriculture.

Elizabeth Atangana, the President of Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO) called on CAADP countries to develop policies to improve family agriculture which will support women, youth and other marginalised groups.  She also said that necessary structures for agricultural research based on priorities of the African population should be put in place to accelerate the implementation of CAADP.

The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) is conducting comparative research on agricultural policy processes and facilitating evidence-based policy debate to support agricultural development in Africa which we expect to facilitate the implementation of the CAADP agenda. FAC is being represented at this meeting by its CAADP Coordinator Dr. Sam Asuming-Brempong and Communications Coordinator Beatrice Ouma.

FAC also ran an exhibition booth at the meeting to showcase ongoing research to support the implementation of CAADP. Among the key publications popular with the visitors at the FAC stand are the recently produced policy briefs specific to CAADP on pastoralism and technology transfer.