Yokohama, – A seminar under the theme “Progress in the Implementation of Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) and Emerging Opportunities” was held May 27, 2008 by The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) on the sideline of the fourth session of the Tokyo International Conference for Africa’s Development (TICAD IV).
CAADP it was highlighted is an Africa-led initiative and framework to rationalise and revitalize African agriculture for economic growth and lasting poverty reduction results. The CAADP seeks to increase agriculture productivity in Africa to 6% annually, in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The two-hour seminar was attended by a large number of participants, particularly Africa’s key stakeholders in the area of agriculture such as, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) Green, and Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
The Acting CEO of NEPAD, Ambassador Olukorede Willoughby opened the meeting by introducing NEPAD and its CAADP program and underscoring the importance of partnerships in effectively implementing all the NEPAD priority areas and programs, especially the CAADP program.
Reference: African Press Organisation 28/05