|COMESA Regional Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact signed in Kinshasa, DRC
|18 November 2014
FANRPAN was represented by Lufingo Mwamakamba, Protocol and Partnerships Manager
On the 14th of November 2014, FANRPAN together with the COMESA Secretariat, the Commission of the African Union, NEPAD, Private Sector and Business Associations (EAGC, CBF), Farmer Organizations (EAFF, SACAU), Sub-regional Organizations (ASARECA, FANRPAN, ReSAKKS), Development Partners, Non-Governmental Organizations) signed the COMESA Regional Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact in Kinshasa, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These stakeholders commited to undertake the following:
To establish a mechanism for coordination and management of resources and financial commitments by COMESA Member States, such as a Regional Fund, within the institutional and financial framework of the COMESA/CAADP;
- To strengthen capacities of the stakeholders such as regional farmers' organizations, regional value chain associations, etc., playing a key role in attaining the objectives of COMESA Regional CAADP Compact;
- To respect the principle of subsidiarity between the different levels of public action - regional, national and local; and
- To define, adopt and implement a joint monitoring and evaluation mechanism as the framework for assessing the results of their support to the implementation of the COMESA Regional CAADP Compact in terms of outputs, outcomes and impacts.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, COMESA Secretary-General, Hon. Sindiso Ngwenya said the Regional CAADP Compact spells out priority areas for trans-boundary investments in the agriculture sector in the region. Ngwenya said the Regional CAADP compact identifies three priorities which include increased agriculture production and productivity focusing on staple foods, livestock, fisheries and forest produce, removing barriers to agriculture trade and reducing social and economic vulnerability.
On the second priority, the secretary general said COMESA is harmonizing Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary (SPS) requirements across borders as one of the non-tariff barriers inhibiting agricultural trade, adding that linking farmers to markets would require value addition of raw products from rural markets.
The signing ceremony was held during the COMESA Sixth Joint Meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources in Kinshasa, DRC.FANRPAN was represented by Lufingo Mwamakamba, Protocol and Partnerships Manager
On reducing social and economic vulnerability, he said there was need for programmes that make small scale farmers enrich themselves instead of depending on their governments for empowerment. Ngwenya added that farmers need to diversify into other cash crops such as cassava and move away from political commodities.
FANRPAN congratulates COMESA, its Member States, the State and Non-State stakeholders and Institutions, civil society, the farmers and Development Partners, for generating and sustaining this success.