The 9th CAADP Partnership Platform Meeting
[25-26 March 2013, African Union Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia]
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme is a continental initiative aimed
at eliminating hunger, reducing poverty, and enhancing food and nutrition security in Africa
through agriculture.
Currently, CAADP implementation has been launched in over 40 countries across the continent.
Additionally, 30 countries have signed the CAADP Compact and have moved towards
establishing their own National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIP). Out
of the 27 Member States that have completed CAADP-based NAFSIPs, 11 countries received
funding from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) for implementation of
these plans.
As a result, among others, CAADP has achieved great milestones in the agricultural and
economic development areas of the continent. However, much remains to be done. Desired
results under CAADP can only be attained through an enabling policy, institutional environment,
greater cooperation and leadership throughout Africa. Thus, this calls for greater mobilization
and engagement of political and technical leadership at regional and national level, better
compliance of Regional Economic Communities (REC) and Member States to the advancement
of the CAADP agenda, and increased resources and alignment of efforts by governments and
partners to implement CAADP investment Plans.
The transformation of CAADP from a continental policy to a tangible country level
Implementation Plan has shifted the nature of the challenges that countries and RECs are
currently facing. These include : unfavourable policy environments for agricultural growth, food
security and ameliorated incomes; unharnessed but innovative financing instruments that can
catalyse agricultural growth; lack of stronger institutions to accelerate and fully implement the
CAADP agenda; and lack of adaptability to newly emerging continental and global challenges
such as climate change, food and energy price unpredictability, under-nutrition concerns,
inadequate engagement in the south-south cooperation; among others.
Consequently, CAADP needs to look forward and adjust in order to address and find solutions
to the challenges that countries and RECs are facing in implementing the CAADP agenda. The
CAADP partnership Platform, therefore, allows for these issues to be discussed, reviewed and
agreed upon for effective implementation of the CAADP agenda.
The 9th CAADP PP takes place near the tenth CAADP Anniversary. The PP will particularly aim
to examine achievements and successes during the past 10 years of CAADP in order to
achieve CAADP objectives. The 9th CAADP PP will take into account creation of a platform for
“CAADP at Ten”, which will provide an opportunity to reflect on drawbacks in order to impress a
new thinking and visioning on how to transition the CAADP agenda into the next decade. The
9th CAADP PP will also create a forum for the full array of stakeholders involved in agriculture
development including the AUC, NPCA, RECs, DPs, national governments, the private sector,
civil societies to:
Provide means of alignment and synergy with the broader CAADP agenda and
future directions
(ii). Exchange information, share country-based experiences and lessons in agriculture
development and embracing the CAADP Framework as a driving instrument of for
attainment of results and impact.
(iii). Discuss the implications that newly emerging issues will have on CAADP and
African Agriculture and Food Security
(iv). Assess progress and performance on the core CAADP targets such as the ten per
cent budget allocation to agriculture and the yearly agricultural growth of six per
(v). Revisit the last ten years of CAADP to assess its success and failures. Then
assess or develop a clear vision for the next ten years (2014-2024)
(vi). Finally, engage in political mobilization for sustaining the CAADP momentum, and
revitalizing its core values.
The 9th CAADP PP is being held in a landmark year for both the AU, which is celebrating 50
years of its existence and CAADPs’ 10 years since its endorsement by the Heads of States and
Government in Maputo in 2003. At the July 2012 AU Summit, African Heads of State and
Government endorsed a Decision to mark 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security
and commemoration of 10 years of CAADP. Furthermore, during the January 2013 AU Summit,
he Assembly of African Heads of States and Government further noted that the commemoration
of CAADP should be used as an opportunity to consolidate the achievements and draw lessons
to deliver more results. The Heads of States, therefore, commended the “Sustaining the CAADP
Momentum” exercise aimed at strengthening policy, institutions, local leadership and knowledge
support with greater emphasis on investments to transform African agriculture, food and
nutrition security.
Against this, the AUC and NPCA have planned to use all major and key agricultural related
events during 2013 and 2014 as a build-up to 2014, the year of agriculture and food security
and commemoration of the 10 years of CAADP. The 9th CAAP PP will form the initial efforts of
raising the political profile of CAADP. A similar higher level related event will be held in the
margins of 50th Anniversary of Organization of African Unity (OAU) scheduled in May 2013 at
the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Based on this, the 9th CAADP PP,
therefore, is attracting highest attention from African political and technical leaders at the level of
Heads of States and Ministers to demonstrate the commitments and ownership of the agenda
they have agreed to pursue.
The conference offers an opportunity to showcase some of the important initiatives and
activities in Africa on CAADP. Nonetheless, and most importantly, the event is a partnershipbuilding platform with different stakeholders of the African agricultural agenda.
The 9th CAADP PP is a platform that facilitates practitioners (especially country level players)
and other stakeholders to share and learn lessons. The 9thCAADP PP builds on the discussions
and outcomes of the 8th CAADP PP with a more refined and focused attention on
Implementation, Results and Impacts.The guiding theme of this Partnership Platform is:
“Sustaining the CAADP Momentum - from Decisions and Commitments to Implementation for
Results for Impact”.. The 9th CAADP PP will be honored with the presence of both H.E. the
President of Benin and H.E. Prime Minister of Ethiopia, who will deliver key note addresses.
Additionally, the AUC Chairperson, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will deliver an opening
remark. In the space of strengthening country leadership, Ministers will be addressing different
parallel sessions and plenary panels. The CAADP PP will revolve around one key overarching
question. What lessons and experiences should inform future priorities and practices for CAADP
stakeholders with the commitment to measuring results and impact?
Broadly, a number of issues continue to emerge in affecting the speed and pace of CAADP
implementation as well as its focus on results. The sustaining the CAADP momentum exercise
outlined a number of areas which are central to the implementation of CAADP in achieving
results. Similar to the 8th CAADP PP, the issues of public and private sector funding continue to
emerge both as instruments for implementation and also as catalysts to country commitments.
Furthermore, technical and political commitment for institutional and policy reforms to effect
implementation have continued to define the way countries have lagged behind the required
progress. Moreover, issues of accountability for results continue to feature as key instruments
that will be catalytically fostering the implementation drive. In the context of sustaining the
CAADP Momentum, the sub-themes of the 9th CAADP PP will be centred on the following four
Harnessing alternative and emerging financing models for effective agricultural
Strengthening Country Leadership and Ownership
Establishing instruments and mechanism for strengthening accountability
Fostering Policy reforms, Institutional Change and Structural Transformation
The CAADP PP will be conducted through different parallel (break-out) and plenary sessions
guided by the broader identified sub-themes and key topics. The intention is to give participants
the opportunity to exhaustively engage in topics of critical interest and concerns related to the
broader thematic and sub-thematic areas. The issues and topics for discussions will be guided
by the “Sustaining the CAADP momentum” drive, where countries and/or experts will prepare
specific cases in order to inform the discussions. The real life substance in these cases is what
will make a difference in these presentations. Some topics will be related specific Joint Action
Groups (JAG), and in this case, a JAG will be asked to technically work and support the
selected countries to prepare their presentation on the related issues and/or topic. Each
thematic area and or work under a JAG, will require some expert input through a one or twopage note, describing the issues and guiding the discussions in each breakout session. Drawing
perceptions, lessons and experiences from real case studies will be encouraged so that the
dialogues and outcomes can better inform the priorities and actions in sustaining the CAADP
Under the first sub-theme, the CAADP PP will interrogate two broad areas in understanding
available and workable public and private financing models for agriculture. At the initiation of the
G8 and G20, the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) was established as a
multilateral mechanism to address food security in low-income countries. Although GAFSP
presents itself as a catalyst and trigger for countries to hasten CAADP related reforms in
anticipation of these resources, many countries have not been able to access and utilize
GAFSP resources. Moreover, in a number of countries where GAFSP has been received,
numerous challenges continue to characterize the access and utilization of these resources to
support the intended objectives. GAFSP illustrated a case that, financial resources are a critical
instrument to foster other reforms in public and private sector initiatives. The 9th CAADP PP
participants will be provided with an opportunity to understand and deliberate on the
mechanisms and issues for access and utilization of GAFSP as an input to the public and
private1 sector financing of country investment plans. The progress on the implementation of
CAADP mult-Donor Trust Fund will also be discussed. Related to this, discussions on available
options for agricultural and CAADP financing will be introduced.
In addition, sub-theme one will further discuss the broader emerging and considered critical
initiatives on private sector financing in advancing CAADP agenda. This will be technically
supported and facilitated by the Joint Action Groups (JAG) on private sector and further
discussing the successes and failures using country case studies.
As it relates to the third sub-theme, the 9th CAADP PP with look at key fundamental issues
such as: inputting and validating the exercise on developing the “CAADP Results Framework”
where, the strategy will be to make specific but guiding questions on this area to be discussed
by all the breakout sessions and sub-themes; reflecting on an independent accountability report
with a view to demonstrate and acknowledge that Non-State Actors (NSA) have and are
playing a role in CAADP; and finally raising issues especially on accountability of Governments
and international communities in the realization of their funding commitments
The second sub-theme will draw from country participants and other stakeholders on how to
harness and strengthen country leadership and ownership of CAADP as an instrument to
transform agricultural development. In this session, the Ministers of Agriculture and/or together
with the Permanent Secretaries drawing from lessons and experiences from various countries
will dialogue on required instruments to strengthen country leadership and ownership of
CAADP. Special sessions will be held with Country CAADP teams to further share lessons and
experiences on advancing and facilitating faster transformation efforts.
In relation to the third and fourth subthemes, there is a need to strengthen the relevancy of
CAADP commitments mainly on the progress and performance being made on the core CAADP
targets, i.e. the 10% and the 6% through presentation and interrogation of the CAADP M&E
Report. Linked to this, the questions that arise are: of the political and technical feasibility of
10% public spending as well as the efficacy of the 6% agricultural growth in delivering the
required poverty reduction levels and/or increased household incomes. The outcomes of the
various discussions at the PP will inform the decisions that will be taken for new or modified
forms of targets around these areas.
The opportunities and approaches for countries to access resources under the Private Sector Window of GAFSP
will be explored.
CAADP invites all stakeholders involved in the advancement of the CAADP agenda and the
development of African agriculture to join this CAADP Platform Meeting. This includes member
states, Regional economic Communities, government ministries, farmers’ organizations, the
private sector, civil society, Development partners, donor communities, the African Union
Commission, and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, among others. The 9th CAADP
PP will draw over 300 participants.
The 9th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Program’s Partnership Platform (CAADP PP) will be
held from 25 – 27 March 2013. This event will be hosted by the African Union Commission and
the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the new
African Union Conference Center. The main PP will be preceded by the Pre-CAADP PP,also an
AUC-NPCA-RECs and ReSAKSS Joint Planning and Review Meeting. This meeting will take
place from 23-24 March 2013 at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The 9th CAADP PP will engage all relevant participants in advancing the CAADP agenda.
An event management company is being contracted to provide support to invited participants
and technical facilitators.
The 9th CAADP Partnership Platform Meeting will put in place an information desk for the
duration of the meeting. This will allow participants to display and distribute literature materials.
Participants are invited and highly encouraged to take this opportunity to disseminate relevant
information. For organisations intending to share information and knowledge materials, please
contact Carol Jilombo at [email protected] and Abiola Ajayi [email protected] to
reserve a space.
For additional information about the Planning of the CAADP PP, please contact:
Boaz B. Keizire
African Union Commission
+251 115 182871 (Office)
+251 910968076 (mobile)
[email protected]
Martin Bwalya
NEPAD Agency
+27 11 256 3605
[email protected]
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