|Botswana Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and Platform for Africa and European partnership in Agriculture Research and Development (PAEPARD) Roundtable Meeting
|29 November 2010
FANRPAN hosted a one day national dialogue on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and PAEPARD (Platform for Africa and European partnership in Agriculture Research and Development) in Gaborone, Botswana at the Maharaja Conference Center on the 29th of November 2010. The national dialogue was facilitated by the FANRPAN Node, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA).
Some thirty participants attended the national dialogue representing the various stakeholder sectors, e.g. government, academia, researchers, and the private sector.
The conference was officially opened by Mr Edison M. Wotho, Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Botswana and closed by Mr Shattera, Botswana FANRPAN Node Steering Committee Chairperson.
Presentations made included:
The outcome from the national dialogue was some detailed feedback on partner expectations, research priorities, partnership mobilisation strategy and the critical capacity strengthening needs by stakeholder sector. The stakeholders present committed to play an active role in ensuring their organisations and related institutions including FANRPAN keeps the momentum going with regular updates and constant information sharing on the projects.
- The Role of FANRPAN
- The CAADP framework, and update on CAADP country processes in Africa
- CAADP best practices and Enhancing Non-State Actor participation
- Overview of PAEPARD Project
- Assessing the Vulnerability of Agriculture to Climate Change in Botswana
- Promoting Conservation Agriculture
Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
The key issues discussed were: the background to the whole CAADP process, the role of non-state actors (NSA) in the implementation of CAADP, ways and means to enhance NSA participation in the CAADP process, challenges in the implementation of CAADP in the DRC and the way forward in implementing CAADP in the DRC.
The different stakeholder groups had brain storming sessions to discuss issues and challenges in Botswana with a specific view to agree on the road map for successfully implementing CAADP.
Platform for African – European Partnership in Agriculture Research for Development Phase II (PAEPARD II)
The PAEPARD project was introduced to the stakeholders. The overall objective of the project is to build joint African-European multi-stakeholder partnerships in agriculture research for development contributing towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The national dialogue provided a platform for multi-stakeholders to deliberate on African-European partnerships in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD). The project was well received and generated a lot of interesting debate. This was followed by a group working session by stakeholder sector.
Conservation Agriculture (CA)
The NEPAD/FANRPAN/FAO call for Conservation Agriculture policies in the region was introduced to the stakeholders.
CA is a promising solution to the problem of low agricultural productivity in Southern Africa. It is a proven approach that offers farmers the opportunity to dramatically increase their yields, diversify their production base, and engage in economic activities to improve their livelihoods.
Conservation Agriculture is a farming concept centered on three basic principles:
Assessing the Vulnerability of Agriculture to Climate Change in Botswana
- Minimizing soil disturbance
- Maintaining a permanent soil cover
- Practicing crop rotations
A presentation on "Assessing the Vulnerability of Agriculture to Climate Change in Botswana was presented. The presentation was based on a study that is part of a project commissioned by the FANRPAN and IFPRI. The main goal of the study is to assess the region’s vulnerability of Agriculture to climate change with special emphasis being placed on the poor.