The Multi-country Agricultural Productivity Programme (MAPP) was conceived in consultation with NEPAD, FARA and other stakeholders in the African and international community together with the World Bank's Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) Network. The objective of MAPP is to improve agricultural research, technology development and dissemination.
The MAPP vision seeks to improve the development and uptake of agricultural technologies to meet the Millennium Development Goals and in support of Pillar 4 of NEPAD's Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP). MAPP is implemented in the Africa Region by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) guided by the Framework for African Agricultural Productivity (FAAP) developed by FARA.
In Southern Africa, MAPP is currently being implemented by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) directorate within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the programme is referred to as the SADC MAPP.
SADC MAPP has four components:
- Component 1: Scaling-out farmer empowerment and market access
- Component 2: Research and technology generation
- Component 3: Technology dissemination and farmer uptake
- Component 4: Institutional Development and Capacity building
As a sub-regional program, SADC MAPP provides a mechanism through which SADC Member States are able to work together and pool resources to undertake collective action on issues of common interest and to mobilise global knowledge. SADC MAPP establishes a strong sub-regional platform to support and complement the activities of agricultural research and extension programs.