SA slow to act on African agricultural initiative

South Africa’s Interministerial Team is under pressure to start implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) , which wants the endorsement of the country with the most advanced agricultural production and value chain on the continent. There is a proposal to establish a road map to fast-track CAADP implementation, and bolster agricultural policy implementation within the CAADP framework, which is vital to reduce hunger and poverty on the continent. Read more here.
Hopewell Radebe, Businessday

Further funding for African agricultural technology

Kenya on Monday called on African, Caribbean and Pacific States ( ACP ) member countries to put more funds on agricultural and technology development to help make it marketable. Agriculture Permanent Secretary Romano Kiome told delegates attending a Eastern and Southern Africa agricultural meeting in Nairobi that they must put emphasis on inputs, markets, credit and institutions if agriculture is to become profitable in the continent. Nevertheless, regional bodies like Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) are needed to lead the region in coming up with a policy on how countries can resort to growing one variety of crop to sustain the economy rather than concentrate in all that do not bring income to the countries. Read more here.
Peter Mutai and David Musyoka, Xinhua

Land reform has failed in South Africa

In 2001, a “New Strategic Plan for Agriculture” was signed between the government and the farmers’ organisation. The intention was to ensure that 30% of all agricultural land would be in the hands of black farmers by 2014. According to Dr Jan du Plessis in the latest issue of Intersearch, a Pretoria-based think-tank publication, in 2010 land reform in South Africa is still having major problems. No positive outcome seems possible in the foreseeable future. Government is unhappy about the situation, new farmers are dissatisfied, and commercial farmers try to continue “in a state of constant stress and uncertainty”. Read more here.

Africa and Brazil to collaborate on agricultural research

Brasilia: The Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace — a collaboration initiative between the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the Brazilian Organisation for Agricultural Research (Embrapa) was launched on 10 May at Embrapa´s headquarter in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia. The launch was part of the Brazil-Africa Dialogue on Food Security, Combating Hunger, and Rural Development organised by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations. Read more here.

Comprehensive agriculture development: call for action on building capacity at country level

The 6th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform meeting has come to an end with African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Peace Tumusiime emphasising the need for concrete plans and action to build capacity at country level. Read more here.

Accelerating CAADP Country Implementation – Guide now available

The overall purpose of this guide is to strengthen the quality of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) implementation at the country level. This guide is designed for all those – newcomers and veterans – involved in supporting and managing the CAADP process. Read more here or here.

Need for a “green revolution” by Africa’s small famers

A “green revolution” led by Africa’s small farmers and harnessing the latest technologies and innovations is vital if the continent is to reduce extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, (two of the eight globally agreed Millennium Development Goals MDGs). With the appropriate international support and the necessary political will, African agriculture can be transformed through science, technology, and innovation and contribute to broader economic growth and development on the continent. Read the UN report here.

Make Decentralization Integral to Development

Local government functionaries are important to pursue socio-economic development agenda through effective decentralization. Government of Ghana is focusing on improving the revenue ability of local government authority and pursuing the socio-economic development agenda through effective decentralization. Allocation of resources, transferred from the central administration to the districts, is important to improve the agriculture sector of the country.

Comesa promotes conservation farming

Legislators from Common Market for East and Southern Africa member (Comesa) states have endorsed Conservation Agriculture as a viable and sustainable agricultural system, which if properly applied, can lead to increased farm yields and the attainment of food security at the household, national and regional levels. Conservation Agriculture is an African initiative, which presents great opportunities for attracting investment and resources for adaptation in the agricultural sector. Read more here.

Female participation in African agricultural research and higher education

Female farmers play a vital role in African agriculture, accounting for the majority of the agricultural workforce. There is an urgent need for greater representation of women in the field of agricultural science and technology. Gender-disaggregated data on S&T capacity are scarce, often lack sufficient detail, and focus more generally on S&T rather than on agriculture specifically. Data are not always comparable due to different methodologies. The Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators initiative and the CGIAR Gender & Diversity Program partnered together to address this information gap. Read more here.