Newsletter Dialogue Series. Issue no. 1, Volume X, February 2010

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was adopted in 2003 by Africa leaders as their collective vision for agriculture in Africa. This newsletter examines the rationale for establishing CAADP, some of the initial challenges faced in implementing CAADP at country-level, and the current status of implementation at national and regional levels. It is argued that while implementation has been slower than envisaged, the CAADP process has brought agriculture development to the forefront of the international development discourse. It has gained momentum and also made an important contribution to focusing Africa's energies on this sector over the last seven years.