Factsheet No. 2 NEPAD and the CAADP Agenda March 2008 The role of NEPAD in CAADP has evolved as the early focus on specific policy initiatives under each NEPAD support 2007 CAADP pillar has broadened to address the need In 2007, NEPAD supported the CAADP Agenda for deep-seated changes in the enabling through country and regional backstopping, environment, and how agricultural ‘business’ is continental and international partnerships, and done in Africa. advocacy and communication. NEPAD provides key support to regional and Country and regional backstopping national initiatives aimed at bringing about these Collaboration with regional economic comprehensive changes in policy, and encourages commissions Aide-memoires aimed at investment in agricultural development strengthening cooperation and supporting the programmes that directly target productivity goals CAADP roundtable process were signed with and pillar priorities. COMESA and ECOWAS. Interactive learning session The roundtable and A new strategy pillar framework concepts were revisited during The new CAADP Strategic Plan sets out five areas an interactive learning session involving the that NEPAD will focus on. regional economic commissions, pillar 1. NEPAD will promote CAADP principles in institutions and other stakeholders. This learning CAADP implementation processes and investment session encouraged NEPAD, the regional programmes. economic commissions, the countries and peer 2. NEPAD will manage communication and institutions to share their expertise and help each information to support the implementation of the other—resulting in frank assessment of CAADP Agenda and partnerships. challenges and bottlenecks. The result is a much 3. NEPAD will facilitate and coordinate monitoring more robust model—defined by benchmarks— and evaluation. This includes assessing impact for successful roundtables. and facilitating the sharing of lessons and peer Country roundtable processes Together with review. COMESA and ECOWAS, NEPAD has directly 4. NEPAD will build partnerships and coalitions to supported country roundtable processes in link resources with agricultural investment several countries, particularly by encouraging programmes. dialogues across ministries and the alignment of donor partner initiatives. NEPAD also ensured 5. NEPAD will focus on harnessing key thinking that resources mobilised through international and experience on emerging national, international and continental initiatives reached the countries and global issues related to agriculture, to where they were needed and that underpin articulate African perspectives and contribute to country processes. the evolution of the CAADP Agenda. Continental and international partnerships Under the new strategy, NEPAD will continue to coordinate the development of pillar frameworks Throughout 2007 NEPAD supported key and forge links between the pillar frameworks and partnerships around thematic and regional the country roundtables. NEPAD will also take priorities, ensuring that they support and link advantage of its position as a convener to mobilise directly to country CAADP processes. expertise and technical backstopping. Pillar frameworks NEPAD worked closely with the lead pillar institutions to finalise framework documents and have these documents reviewed by donors. Simultaneously, NEPAD worked to and road map for climate change at the build and strengthen networks of technical inaugural meeting of the COMESA-NEPAD expertise for backstopping country roundtable Working Group on Climate, Agriculture, Forestry processes. and Land Use. CAADP Multi-donor Trust Fund The Fund will be Fish Fisheries is another cross-cutting theme. launched in October and will make funding more The NEPAD Fish Initiative aims to ensure that efficient. Initial pledges amount to US$50 million country CAADP programmes can access over five years and will go towards strengthening technical expertise and resources. the institutions implementing CAADP and helping Advocacy and communication develop the pillar frameworks. NEPAD will Engagement with key forums Key forums where coordinate with the World Bank to manage the NEPAD advocated and communicated CAADP Fund. issues include African ministerial platforms, Donor harmonisation During the year, NEPAD donor platforms, and farmer and research worked closely with major development agencies organisations. to align agricultural strategies and investment New CAADP communication strategy An mechanisms. Major outcomes include the integrated team approach to communications will alignment of the World Bank’s Africa Agriculture ensure better contact with and support to Strategy with the CAADP pillars; the European partners in 2008. Commission paper Advancing Africa’s Agriculture; a renewed emphasis on agriculture by Sweden The year ahead and the United Kingdom; and the United States The year ahead is off to a good start. Guided by Initiative to End Hunger in Africa. the new CAADP Strategic Plan, NEPAD will Pillar 1 TerrAfrica The TerrAfrica Initiative work in five key areas. mobilises US$1 billion for investment in country Promote CAADP principles NEPAD will help programmes for sustainable land and water countries to adapt the CAADP principles, management through the Global Environment operationalise the pillar frameworks, and use the Facility Strategic Investment Programme. The CAADP roundtable processes. To do this design of country programmes and disbursement NEPAD will leverage technical expertise, support of funds is already underway. regional economic commissions and strengthen Pillar 1 Water and irrigation Under Pillar 1, NEPAD links with other NEPAD units. also worked to coordinate, align and manage Manage communication and information NEPAD knowledge initiatives across the continent. An will collect and share information on processes initiative to address regional constraints to scaling and tools. Some of the ways this will be done are up investments in irrigation development was by establishing a knowledge database and launched. Here, again, NEPAD focuses on through public information campaigns (local and ensuring that regional resource mobilisation international) to raise awareness of what CAADP directly supports country CAADP processes. is doing and the changes it is bringing about. Pillar 2 Fertiliser Programme Following up on the Facilitate and coordinate monitoring and Abuja Declaration, NEPAD collaborated closely evaluation NEPAD will capture and share key with the African Union Commission and the African lessons through peer review and joint Development Bank to establish the Africa Fertiliser assessment. This also means evaluating the Financing Mechanism. Already over US$35 million impact of the CAADP agenda on NEPAD, has been mobilised and will be directed to national and continental development objectives. countries through country roundtable processes. Link resources with programmes Strong Pillar 3 Investment Initiative Similar in scope to the international and regional partnerships are vital Pillar 1 Strategic Investment Programme, the Pillar for the success of CAADP. NEPAD will step up 3 Investment Initiative will develop programmes to work to mobilise resources. target food insecurity. Created with support from Harness key thinking and experience It is the Millennium Development Goal Thematic crucially important to articulate and disseminate Group, it will strengthen country roundtable African perspectives on the key issues that affect processes. agricultural development in Africa. NEPAD will Climate change and sustainable land management make sure that up-to-date information on trends Climate change is inextricably linked with in African agriculture and rural development is sustainable land and water management and food easily available both locally and internationally. security, and so is a key focus of initiatives across NEPAD will direct strategic information about all the CAADP pillars. One important initiative in developments affecting CAADP to all 2007 was the creation of an operational framework stakeholders.
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