SADC-NPCA REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON
SADC NATIONAL CAADP STATUS
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|
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 commitments and the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP). Towards this overall objective, the workshop tried to provide a space for reflection, exchange 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 the 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.