Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 19, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

What: The 8th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP)

Partnership Platform (PP) Meeting

When: 3 – 4 May 2012

Where: Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Who: Jointly organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), in collaboration with the Government of Kenya.

Objective: The overall objective of the 8th CAADP-PP is to contribute to effective implementation of the CAADP agenda within and across the various levels in Africa. Specifically the 8th CAADP-PP will;

(i).     Facilitate constructive consultation, dialogue and exchange among senior level representatives of African governments, development partners, the business sector, farmers’ organisations, and civil society organisations with a view to agreeing on key implementation issues and proposing strategies of how to sustain the relevance and propel the momentum of CAADP implementation;

(ii).     Review lessons and good practices as well as challenges in the implementation of the CAADP, showcasing and exchanging concrete experiences on programming and investments stimulated by CAADP (and the investment plans) at national and regional level;

(iii).     Facilitate advocacy and building of a common understanding for increased buy-in from countries that are yet to sign compacts and formulate investment plans;

(iv).     Provide a forum for mutual-review of progress with CAADP implementation based on the overall CAADP M&E indicators and the Mutual Accountability Framework.

Participants: The 8th CAADP-PP will bring together the African Union Commission (AUC), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), national governments, development partners, private sector and civil society.

Background: The establishment of CAADP Partnership Platform (CAADP-PP) was a key recommendation of the 2005 consultative process involving the African Union Commission (AUC), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), national Governments, private sector, Civil Society including Farmers Organisations and Development Partners. This was in response to the need for a collective multi-stakeholder mechanism with a continent-wide perspective to coordinate collective and mutual responsibilities in CAADP implementation. The need for the CAADP-PP was reaffirmed at the meeting of the African Partnership Forum (APF) in May 2006 which recognised the Platform as an instrument to rally commitment and partnership as well as alignment and harmonisation of efforts supporting African agriculture.

Since 2006, the AUC, the NPCA and development partners have organized seven PP meetings in different parts of Africa. Until 2010 the CAADP-PP always was organised twice a year. At that time, the CAADP evolution process was characterised by limited buy-in from different range of stakeholders. Therefore, the PP was organised every six month in order to galvanise country and stakeholder buy-in by showcasing already existing experiences and lessons leant. The experiences so far has further grown, with now 29 countries having signed CAADP Compacts and over 20 countries with CAADP-based Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans. The attention has now moved from mobilising stakeholders for buy-in to establishing systems for effective implementation of the CAADP investment plans. In fact, the post Compact actions are, and will continue, to shape and rally other countries to buy in using mechanisms such as peer support and motivation as well as show-casing countries that have fully aligned and continue to attract attention including resources for effective implementation.

Journalists are invited to cover the 8th CAADP-PP event on 3rd May 2012, at 9:00am at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.


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