NAIROBI, Kenya 04th March, 2023 (AEJ) - African Non-State Actors have gathered in Nairobi, Kenya as part of strengthening and utilisation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) biennial review results, learning and planning process to build out a shared goal and practical next steps together.
The biennial review report is an African Union powerful instrument for advocacy at continental level, regional and national levels for triggering the necessary policy actions for agricultural transformation in Africa by 2025.
As a monitoring tool, it is not only a reporting exercise to the heads of state and government summit, but also a learning exercise that is important for countries in using its findings to adjust their National Agriculture Investment Plans implementation, to achieve better results in improving livelihoods and to create a shared prosperity for their citizens through agricultural transformation.
Speaking to a diverse group of participants from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and East African Community (EAC) on Saturday 04th March, 2023.
Senior CAADP Adviser at the African Union, Panduleni Elago called for a more coordinated approach during the learning process among non-state actors present to ensure that CAADP is mainstreamed in developing planning at both national and regional level.
“It is a concern to note that some members of parliament are saying they are not aware of CAADP and BR issues. Almost close to a decade after the launch issues to do with the biennial review are still elusive among some key policy makers in most countries as per feedback received from some of the parliamentarians,” explained Elago during the one-day learning session.
Constance Okeke, a strong CAADP advocate from ActionAid International under ECOWAS non state actors platform underscored a need for more inclusivity to ensure diversity of participation with a view to mobilise civil society groups on the entire African continent through their regional economic blocs.
“We must be prepared that we all walk together in this process, if we are to be effective and bring the much-needed impact on the ground. If we want to walk alone then be prepared to walk quietly away from this room,” Okeke sounded the alarm to ensure a more unified approach.
Henry Augustus Roberts, President of ECOWAS NSA platform highlighted the importance of data collection which is crucial aspect when it comes to measuring progress on the indicators on the biennial review score card as a key component on the agriculture transformative agenda.
African governments adopted the Malabo declaration on accelerated agriculture growth and transformation and set 2025 as the vision for agriculture, implemented with the CAADP framework as a vehicle to achieve the first ten-year plan implementation plan of the Agenda 2063.
Members states committed to mutual accountability, results and actions. This and other commitments are met by conducting a biennial agriculture review process. The process involves tracking, monitoring and reporting on implementation progress in achieving the provision of the Malabo declaration. Mutual accountability - within the biennial context translates to stronger political will.