AFRICA CSOs AND FARMERS ORGANISATIONS DEMAND PUTTING CAADP AND AFRICAN-LED AGRICULTURE AT THE HEART OF THE 2013 NUTRITION FOR GROWTH EVENT & G8 SUMMIT
25th April 2013
Rt. Hon David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
Dear Prime Minister Cameron,
PUTTING CAADP AND AFRICAN-LED AGRICULTURE AT THE HEART OF THE 2013 NUTRITION FOR GROWTH EVENT & G8 SUMMIT
As members of African civil society and farmers organisations, we welcome the timely focus of G8 on food, agriculture and nutrition. We, the undersigned groups, have a diversity of views on African agriculture, but we have come together to urge the UK government and other G8 countries to feature Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) of the Africa Union as the central organizing theme at the Nutrition for Growth event, reinforced by the subsequent G8 summit in Lough Erne. Strong support for CAADP should underpin all of the various donor and G8 initiatives in agriculture, and should be the vehicle through which these initiatives deliver, including: the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Grow Africa, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), and the agriculture focus of the Scaling Up Nutrition movement. Though well intended, the several initiatives if not aligned to CAADP will undermine or underestimate Africa’s own agricultural and rural transformation programme.
With just a year and a half before the Millennium Development Goals deadline to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by the end of 2015, a number of countries in Africa are not on track to meet this goal. It will take a significant investment in African-driven agricultural initiatives to address this challenge.
Greater investment is urgently needed from national governments, donor countries, the private sector and other development partners to reduce chronic hunger and bolster African agriculture. This investment can be most effective if it is aligned to and supports rural women, and smallholder producers own investment.
The Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) of the Africa Union provides potential for a clear and comprehensive framework in Africa for delivering nutrition and food security progress within the next five years. The main goal of CAADP is to “help African countries reach a higher path of economic growth through agriculture-led development, which eliminates hunger, eradicate poverty and food insecurity.” So far, over 40 African countries have engaged in the CAADP process, and 26 nations have signed costed, vetted, agriculture investment plans.
As we move towards the 2014 Year of Agriculture and food security and commemoration of 10 years of CAADP as designated by the African Union Heads of States and Government Summit, it is essential that international initiatives build on and support African-led momentum and progress through CAADP. The G8 and other donors should use this opportunity to work behind and support CAADP and Africa’s agriculture plans with the financial resources required to fill the funding shortfall espoused in the national agriculture investment plans. We look to you and your UK government as the host of the Nutrition for Growth event and the 2013 G8 Summit to ensure that donor support for CAADP is prioritized and robust.
We are sending a copy of this letter to your Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP.
- ActionAid Burundi
- ActionAid Gambia
- ActionAid Ghana
- ActionAid Kenya
- ActionAid Mozambique
- ActionAid Nigeria
- ActionAid Rwanda
- ActionAid Sierra Leone
- ActionAid South Africa
- ActionAid Uganda
- ActionAid Zambia
- ActionAid Zimbabwe
- African Fertilizers and Agribusiness Partnership, South Africa
- African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE)-Kenya
- African Women in Agricultural Market Development (AWARD)- Kenya
- Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARG)- Kenya
- Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI)- Kenya
- Agriculture Non State Actors Forum, Tanzania
- Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM) Mzuzu – Malawi
- Catholic Relief Services, Africa
- Coalition of Smallholder Women Farmers in Nigeria
- Christian Agricultural and Related Professionals Association (CARPA)-Kenya
- Civil Society Agriculture Network, Malawi
- East Africa Farmers Federation
- Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum, Uganda
- Farmer Organization Support Programme (FOSUP)-Zambia
- Food , Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, South Africa
- Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
- Jamaa Resources Initiatives, Kenya
- National Alliance for Food Security The Gambia
- Network of Civil Society Organization for Sustainable Food Security in Burkina Faso
- ONE Campaign, Africa
- Pan African Farmers Organisation
- Social Enterprise Development Foundation, Ghana
- Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions
- West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF)