How might support for African agriculture be better aligned and more effective?
African countries must produce more food to nourish their growing populations and build their economies. The African Union Commission (AUC) and NEPAD established the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) to support countries achieve their agricultural development ambitions. Established in 2003, the CAADP espouses bold aims; a transformation of Africa’s agriculture, and to end hunger in Africa by 2025. Just one of many practical requirements is to update of all agricultural investment plans across Africa in line with these ambitions, as committed to by all of Africa’s Heads of State in 2014.
Key development partners have rallied to the African agriculture agenda and are supporting CAADP (USAID, the Gates Foundation, the German Government’s BMZ, and the European Union). But without the means to facilitate collaboration between Development Partners, it is nigh on impossible to find common ground around key areas such as the coordination of funding oe development of common policy agendas. As a consequence, the AUC and NEPAD are simply unable to accommodate bilateral dealings with 20+ development partners.