Research & Co-ordination: E.K.Bensah Jr
Executive Producer: E.K.Bensah Jr
We used the thirty-second edition of the Africa in Focus show to reprise the very critical discussion of Africa’s agriculture.
Our earlier discussions last year had centred on the role of organisations like AgriPro. This year, the focus is necessarily continental, with a focus on what synergies can be created between the AU’s Continental CAADP Programme and the CAADP Country Teams, which are critical in the implementation of CAADP – especially at a time when CAADP has entered the next stage of Implementation and Strategy with a view to a 2025 goal..
These dynamics are part of what animated discussions around Africa’s agriculture for which reason we were happy to speak to two members of Ghana’s CAADP Country Team; an official of the technical arm of the AU Commission; and finally, a technical expert of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), which is the closest we have come to speaking to the issue of agriculture/CAADP at the regional level. Our efforts to grant an interview to the DG of the Agriculture and Food Agency in Lome, Mr.Salifou, proved futile.
Remarkably, all the organisations we spoke to on 17 February have one thing in common: they are all linked to CAADP’s Pillar IV.
Now while “Pillar IV” sounds like part of a typical address in Ghana, when located in the context of Africa’s agriculture, it means a whole lot as it refers to agricultural research and technological dissemination and adoption of CAADP.
We look forward to comments!