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Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Annual Report

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) as the source of this article:

When African leaders endorsed CAADP in 2003 and positioned agriculture at the top of the continental development agenda, they were ahead of the current global consensus on the need to focus on agriculture as a way to banish poverty and hunger in Africa.

More than anything, this African voice has contributed to the global surge of support for African agriculture in the context of CAADP.

From 2004 to 2008, every G8 Summit cited CAADP as the framework for boosting agriculture and doing away with hunger in Africa. The World Bank has now aligned its African agriculture strategy to CAADP. The European Community paper on advancing emerging African agriculture and its evolving agriculture strategy is firmly aligned to CAADP. Many key bilateral agencies, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GTZ), the Netherlands Development Agency, the Norwegian Government, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Swedish International Developmental Agency (SIDA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) support CAADP in African regions and countries.

This rallying of international support to transform African agriculture around CAADP is a significant development. This is the first time in the history of African agriculture that African leaders have adopted a collective framework which tackles growth, poverty and hunger in such a comprehensive manner. This is also the first time that the international development community has begun to harmonise support around a framework and vision for the future of African agriculture. In this, the second CAADP annual report, we show how CAADP has gathered momentum and hit new heights in 2008. Dramatically rising food prices suddenly focused global attention on the important role that agriculture plays in national economies and on what happens when we fail to invest in the agricultural sector.

The food crisis turned the spotlight on speeding up adoption and implementation of the CAADP agenda and framework at country and regional levels. Over the last five years, African governments and the regional economic communities have mobilised the continent's intellectual and institutional capacities and revitalised agricultural development through the CAADP agenda and framework. Supported by development partners, African governments are refocusing on agriculture as a way to lift the continent out of poverty.

In 2008 there were clear and significant successes in CAADP implementation. CAADP has moved from strategy to action and is a reality on the ground as more countries engage in CAADP round tables. Development partners are coming onboard and taking this great strategic opportunity to really move the agriculture agenda ahead over the course of the next 10-20 years.

Looking ahead to 2009, the Five-Year CAADP Review will be important for identifying best practices, new ways forward and new ways of thinking about and implementing CAADP. We will also showcase CAADP through exhibitions and multi-media at a 'CAADP Day' before the AU Summit in June 2009. This special CAADP Day will give African leaders, CSOs, businesses and development partners a chance to discuss agriculture in Africa, where it is now, and the way forward.

CAADP is an outstanding example of a programme that is making progress because it inspires and energises African agricultural research institutions, indigenous farmers' associations and African governments who believe in the pivotal role of agriculture in development. In addition, many development partners who were looking for a champion for agricultural development have rallied around CAADP.

Africans are not sitting back waiting for change to come through the door, but are springing up eagerly to open the door for change.

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