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									                                                                                                 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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