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COMESA's Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) regional compact underway
2 February 2009


The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) today signed a contract with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) for the design of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) regional compact.

FANRPAN CEO, Dr Lindiwe Sibanda (in picture) was at the COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka, Zambia and signed for FANRPAN.

The contract signing for the design of the regional compact is an important milestone in the CAADP agenda in the COMESA region and for Africa as a whole. The regional compact is significant as it will capture priority agricultural investments at regional level, providing a vehicle for the CAADP framework to encompass all key areas and meaningfully contribute to regional integration.

The objectives of the regional compact are to:
  1. Finalise the COMESA CAADP regional concept papers for all key pillars and crosscutting pillars;
  2. Design and facilitate implementation of programmes focusing on youth and women in the COMESA region;
  3. Take an inventory of key stakeholders in the region that COMESA should work with in successfully implementing the CAADP;
  4. Take an inventory of existing regional projects and programmes which, the COMESA- CAADP team should take into consideration;
  5. Finalise the design of COMESA Early Action Programmes under each of the CAADP pillars;
  6. Design institutional arrangements for the implementation of CAADP in COMESA.
FANRPAN will work in consultation with other regional stakeholders including the East African Seed Committee (EASCOM), the Forum for Youth in Agriculture (FOYA) and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (ASARECA).

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