Our friends at NEPAD-TerrAfrica secretariat in partnership with the World Bank are delighted to announce their new webinar series to share knowledge on sustainable land and water management, including topics on Agriculture, Climate Change and African Landscapes. These ONLINE webinars will share practical knowledge amongst SLWM practitioners and to facilitate peer-to-peer learning.
Port Louis, Mauritius, July 23 2015 – Mauritius has become the 15th member country in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to sign its national Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact.
“CAADP responds to the aspirations of Africa by placing agriculture as the engine of social and economic growth,” said Mr. Mahen Kumar Seerutun, Mauritian Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security.
“Agriculture can lift more people out of poverty than any other sector in Africa,” said Dr. Marcel Nwalozie, Head of the NEPAD Agency’s office in Senegal.
Dr. Nwalozie was addressing participants of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Information Support Seminar for Ministries of Agriculture in Dakar, Senegal on 20 July.
COMESA and NEPAD have partnered together to sensitize CAADP Focal Points from the COMESA region on the need to internalize the Malabo Declaration and the CAADP Vision 2025.
The partnership saw the organization of the COMESA Regional Focal Points Meeting from 8-10th July, 2015 at Sunbird Capital Hotel, in Lilongwe, Malawi which was aimed at informing Member states of the Malabo Declaration targets and the need for biennial reporting of progress and results by 2017.
Nairobi, Kenya, June 29, 2015 – “The importance of operationalising the Malabo Declaration for transformation of African agriculture for shared prosperity cannot be overemphasised. Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, as well as many other African countries,” says Rebecca Wahome, CAADP Focal Person for Kenya in the Ministry of Agriculture.
Media practitioners and journalists from the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Journalists Network took part in a field visit to the Umbeluzi Agricultural Station, in Boane, Mozambique, as part of the training provided by the NEPAD Agency in June 2015.
“The field visit to Umbeluzi has motivated me to delve deeper into investigating the area of technology uptake by local populations,” said Judith Akolo, a journalist from Kenya.
“Double digit growth in Agriculture is possible.” This was a sentiment shared by one of the journalists attending the CAADP Network of Journalists training workshop which took place in Maputo, Mozambique this week.
The workshop was attended by journalists from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia
Driving out of the bustling city of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, towards the west to the town of Ambo 112km away, the landscape transforms into green highlands dotted with grazing cows,
South African farmer, Mama Kena Kgoroeadira, talks passionately about the need to focus attention on harnessing indigenous knowledge in best farming practices to overcome the challenge of climate change in Africa.For her, going back to explore techniques and resources within the local environment is a sustainable means for African smallholder farmers, especially rural women who lack funding, to be climate smart in production.“The whole technologies and fertilizers will not help them because they do not have that support, that is why we must look within; look at how we used to do our water