CTA set the tone at the 10th CAADP Partnership Platform (PP) when Director, Michael Hailu, announced, 'It is a great time to be in Africa and it is a great time to be in agriculture'. CTA represented by Michael Hailu and Senior Programme Coordinator Dr Olu Ajayi raised the Centre's voice on the emerging agricultural agenda in the continent during the 10th CAADP Partnership Platform (PP) that took place between 17-22 March in Durban South Africa. The PP which was attended by 670 delegates drawn from 32 countries is a continental forum that brings together key stakeholders and development partners to dialogue on progress of implementation, and build consensus to advance Africa's agriculture development agenda.
This year's PP especially marks an important milestone in African agricultural development for a number of reasons:
- it coincides with African Union's Year of Agriculture and Food Security,
- marks ten years of CAADP implementation and, providing opportunity to appraise achievements or otherwise,
- discusses the nine new thematic areas that will define the focus of African agriculture for the next decade until 2024.
- CTA's Director Michael Hailu gave the keynote address at the opening plenary of the PP. The session also marked the closing plenary of the Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) Network Consultative Roundtable organized by FARA. In his address, Michael first highlighted some of the achievements of African agriculture in the past decade. He then identified five key areas that need greater attention as we look forward to the next 10 years of CAADP: integration of smallholders into profitable markets; providing access to innovative finance to smallholder farmers; linking agriculture to nutrition objectives; ensuring African agriculture is more resilient to climate variability and other shocks and; learning from successes and failures, share lessons among countries and regions, showcase success stories and monitor progress. He concluded his keynote speech on an upbeat note: "It is a great time to be in Africa and it is a great time to be in agriculture". A number of speakers at the PP alluded to this during their interventions.
- The report study "African Agriculture: Drivers of Success for CAADP Implementation" jointly prepared by CTA and three international organisations in UK and USA (ALINE, University of London and TANGO) was presented as the "Seed of the Week" at the opening plenary session of the PP
- CTA's Senior Programme Coordinator Dr Olu Ajayi was nominated to lead the discussions on Climate-smart agriculture sub-stream within the "climate change & agriculture" thematic area during the parallel technical sessions of the PP.
- CTA was also participated at the CAADP business meeting, along with development partners, NEPAD/AUC and invited organizations.
The nine emerging thematic areas that will define CAADP and African agriculture for the next 10 years were discussed during the PP. The new workstreams provide opportunities for potential synergies between CTA's work and CAADP.