Confronting Africa’s agricultural challenges has the potential to engender inclusive economic growth, benefit smallholder farmers, boost food production and end hunger. The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is Africa’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all. In Maputo, Mozambique in 2003, the African Union (AU) Summit made the first declaration on CAADP as an integral part of NEPAD.
CAADP is implemented at country-level, while the NEPAD Agency provides implementation support to AU Member States, working closely with the African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communities and development partners. It aims to increase public investment in agriculture by a minimum of 10 per cent of national budgets and to raise agricultural productivity by at least 6 per cent.
Specifically, CAADP aims to stimulate and facilitate increased agricultural performance through improvements in policy and institutional environments, access to improved technologies and information, and increased investment financing. As CAADP marked its tenth year of implementation in 2013, it completed a review of its achievements and determined the steps it needed to take to deliver more results over the next decade.