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To fast-track development, NEPAD’s Agriculture and Food Security programme focuses on helping African countries improve economic growth through agriculture-led development. Specifically, the NEPAD Agency aims to ensure that smallholder farmers – the majority of Africans – get better access to markets, finance and technical support, in order to improve their income and get out of poverty.
NEPAD's agricultural programme is guided by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) framework.
Our goal: Advancing Agriculture and Food Security
Agricultural development on the continent is driven through NEPAD’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). This Programme brings together key players in agriculture – such African leaders, policy makers, scientists, partners and farmers – to unleash agricultural growth and sustainable development on the continent.
CAADP’s objective is to raise agricultural productivity in Africa to at least six percent annually to contribute to poverty alleviation and elimination of hunger in Africa. In addition, CAADP requires countries to commit at least 10 percent of their national budgets to agriculture. Since 2003, thirty countries have signed up to the CAADP Compact and eight have surpassed the 10 percent target.
The programme is premised on four pillars – each dealing with key issues:
Programmes Complementing CAADP