Thursday, February 18, 2016




9 -11   December 2015

Southern  Sun Pretoria, South Africa

Mr. Renier D. Burger, Deputy Director from the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries attended this workshop in Pretoria, South Africa on behalf of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources as part of the agriculture sector delegation from Namibia.

Participants to the workshop getting ready for the group photo

Mr. Burger participating in the group discussions

1. Introduction

The SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP), approved by SADC Ministers of Agriculture and Food Security in June  2013 in Maputo,  Mozambique and endorsed by the SADC Council of Ministers in August 2014 in Victoria Falls,  Zimbabwe,  defines common agreed objectives and measures to guide,  promote and support actions at regional and national levels in the agricultural sector,  natural resources sector and environment of the SADC Member States in contribution to regional integration  The RAP implements the Comprehensive Africa  Agriculture  Development  Programme  (CAADP) and the  Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods in SADC.

CAADP  implementation  in  the  next  decade  will  be  characterized   by  a  focus on implementation for results and impact. CAAPD value addition will be its catalytic ability to spur policy and institutional reforms towards accelerated attainment of national agricultural goals and objectives 10 years on, the CAADP process and implementation were reviewed leading to the Malabo Declaration on accelerated Africa Agricultural Growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods that was signed at the 23rd Session of the African Union Heads of State and Governments Summit held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea in June 2014. 

The Malabo Declaration consists of a set of seven commitments with attendant strategic goals and targets  It basically reaffirms the CAADP or Maputo Declaration. In particular, the Malabo commitments embody the high level aspirations for sustainable and inclusive development and are further underpinned by a renewed commitment towards evidence-based  planning, accountability and learning, strengthening and aligning   systemic capacities as critical to delivering agriculture-led socio-economic transformation

Towards implementing the  Malabo  Declaration, the  CAADP  Vision  2025   'Going  for Results  and  Impact',  has  been  developed  to  deliver  on  the  following  two  strategic objectives:

  •    Transformed  agriculture  and sustained  inclusive  growth: This strategic objective focuses on the technical (biophysical, economic and social;  technology transfer)  measures and  practices which  need to be undertaken at country level towards increased production and productivity,  and
  •     Strengthened  systemic  capacity  to implement  and deliver  results: This objective covers the systemic changes in the operational environment -  policies and institutional changes needed to support efficient, effective and transparent implementation of the thrust set out in the Maputo Declaration (2003) that aimed to stimulate  and  catalyse sustained   and increased  public  investment  into  the agriculture sector.  Increased attention will also be given to leveraging private sector financing and investment in pursuit of an inclusive agriculture led socio-economic growth agenda

2. Workshop  Overall Objective

The workshop  was  a  collaborative    effort   of  SADC   and  the   NEPAD   Agency  aimed   at internalizing   the  CAADP  2025  vision  in alignment  with  the  Malabo commitment anthe SADC Regional  Agricultural   Policy  (RAP).    Towards   this overall  objective the  workshop tried to  provide a space  for  reflectionexchange and lessons  sharing  along  individual   and collective  agricultural  potentials    within  on-going  country  CAADP  processes.

3. Specific  Objectives of the Regional Workshop

a.   Provision  of a clear understanding   of the Malabo  Declaration  commitment            vis-a-vis

The SADC  Regional  Agricultural   Policy        (RAP),          
The National  CAADP  Compacts,   and
     The National  Agricultural   Investment  Plans;

b.  Ascertaining    progress   and  status   of  country   CAADP   NAIP   implementation    and intentions  to embrace  RAP and Malabo  set goals and targets,

c.   Defining   national    level   policy-technical    actions   and   capacity    needs   to      enable countries to embrace and      internalize RAP and Malabo in the              implementation of their NAIPS  

d Defining   modalities   and  mechanisms   for  mutual   accountability   and  reporting   in readiness  for the Biennial  Agriculture  Review  Cycle;  and

e    Reviewing  and validation  of the SADC  Regional  CAADP  Compact.

4.   Meeting Outcomes

The outcomes  of the workshop  were:

a. A  roadmap   to  strengthen   the  NAIP  to  deliver   on  Malabo   objectives   and  attract increased   investments  for accelerated  implementation.
b.  A comprehensive   report  on the country  CAADP  implementation   status  within     SADC member states,
c.  A defined  set of implementation   support  actions  for on-going  own plans  to translate the  Malabo   Declaration   and  the   SADC   Regional   Agricultural   Policy   (RAP into national  agriculture  transformation   objectives  and agendas;  and
d.  Validated  SADC Regional  CAADP  Compact

5. Way Forward for Namibia

Participants  got a clear vision  and appreciation   of implications   of  the   RAP  and  Malabo   Declaration.  Namibia has to   align   with   the   SADC   RAP  and th Malabo    Commitments and has already moved a long way towards this with Vision 20/30 and the 5 year National Development Plans (NDP's) that are aligned with the SADC RAP and the Malabo commitments. Strategic and Sectoral Plans of Ministries and stakeholders in the agriculture sector in Namibia should be the implementation plans to achieve this. 


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