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Importance of the year of agriculture

The Year of Agriculture and Food Security will be commemorated across Africa, in Member States, Regional Economic Communities, Continental organisations, and of course at the AU Headquarters. It will be a year that gives opportunities to communities, state and non-state actors to interact, express their voices on what works and chart the focus and targets for the next decade. This engagement and dialogue will contribute towards setting the agenda for sustaining the CAADP momentum, which forms the basis for African leaders to recommit themselves to realizing the original vision set out in 2003.
Sustaining the CAADP momentum

A decade of CAADP experience has demonstrated that Africa has a well-crafted, home-grown framework guiding policies, strategies and actions for agricultural development and transformation. The framework has been instrumental in raising the profile of agriculture at the centre of the development agenda at national, regional and global levels, and facilitating mobilization and alignment of multi-stakeholder partnerships and investments around national agriculture and food security investment plans that have been developed through the CAADP process. 

Through the instrumentality of CAADP, African agriculture and food security concerns remained high on the policy agenda at national, regional, continental and global levels. Thanks to such concerted actions, the performance of Africa’s agriculture has been encouraging with annual agricultural GDP growth having averaged nearly 4 percent since 2003 – well above the agricultural share of GDP growth rates for the past several decades. It is absolutely necessary to sustain the momentum of such a positive change and development taking place in Africa well into the next decade.
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Targeted activities will serve to facilitate

  1. Broad-based and inclusive consultations, and
    dialogue among all relevant stakeholders (parliamentarians, women
    groups, youth groups, farmer organisations, CSOs, private sector, etc.)
    on CAADP and African Agriculture and food and nutrition security;
  2. Mutual learning and experience sharing among
    countries with a view to strengthening and deepening country
    engagements and ownership to advance the agriculture and food and
    nutrition security agenda;
  3. High level political dialogue on collective
    actions and seek demonstrable commitment by the Heads of State and
    Government for a sustained support and engagement on agriculture
    through the CAADP framework; and
  4. Dialogue with Africa’s strategic partners – for
    demonstrable commitment to programme alignment, harmonization,
    coordination and mutual accountability for results.

Outcomes

  1. Enhanced level of awareness and engagement among a
    broad spectrum of African citizenry (legislators, farmers
    organisations, CSOs, women and youth groups, private sector, etc.);
  2. Active platforms and improved coordination of multi-sectoral actions at country, regional and continental levels;
  3. Renewed demonstrable political commitment by
    African leaders through adoption of an AU Declaration to sustain the
    CAADP momentum to deliver on a set of measurable indicators and targets;
    and
  4. Renewed demonstrable commitment by Africa’s
    partners to alignment, harmonization and coordination of programmes and
    support, and mutual accountability for results.