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e-COMESA Newsletter: No. 85
COMESA and WWF launch cooperation in support of the CAADP

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - the worlds’ largest conservation organization, have agreed to collaborate in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) and the NEPAD Environmental Action plan. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in which they will partner in the implementation of the CAADP.

In their first working session held in Lusaka on 31st January 2007, COMESA and WWF, underscored the importance of moving trade debates from ‘negotiations to adjustment’ and to address the problems of ‘real people in real places’. Representatives of NEPAD, World Fish Center and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) also attended the meeting.

CAADP, an initiative under the auspices of COMESA, focuses on 4 “pillars” of activity aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of African agriculture. The activities are oriented towards, extending the area under sustainable land management and reliable water control systems; improving rural infrastructure and trade-related capacities for market access; increasing food supply, reducing hunger, and improving responses to food emergency crises; and improving agriculture research, technology dissemination and adoption.

Cooperation between the two organizations, with NEPAD and other international organizations will focus on linking the landscapes and livelihoods of poor rural farmers with the enlargement of commercial agricultural markets contemplated under CAADP. Initial activities will focus on specific commodities in identified development corridors such as out-grower schemes for cotton and tobacco in the Nacala Corridor and floriculture investments in the Great Lakes Region of Eastern Africa. The two organizations also agreed to discuss agro-forestry projects across East and Southern Africa to promote adaptation to climate change and to take advantage of emerging global markets for carbon sequestration.

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