Saturday, 22 August 2009

Sierra Leone and CAADP

3rd August 2009. Freetown. A four-man delegation from the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development [NEPAD] met with President Ernest Bai Koroma.

According to the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Sam Sesay, who accompanied the delegation, the purpose of their visit was to assess and have first-hand information on agricultural development in the country. Briefing the President, head of delegation Prof. R M Mkandawire said he is proud to note that the nation is on the march towards recovery and no doubt has made a significant impact in the agricultural sector.

Responding, President Koroma welcomed the delegation and thanked them for appreciating the nation’s agricultural gains, adding that “it is because government has put agriculture top of her priority list, to help in the alleviation of poverty.”

President Koroma and the delegation including Prof. R M Mkandawire (NEPAD) FARA’s Director of Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation, Samira Hotobah During and the Senior Partnership Advisor for NEPAD, Angelline Rudakubana.

CAADP 05/08 President Koroma assures, AU, NEPAD on food security

11/08 Members of Parliament in the Sierra Leone Parliament have benefited from a day’s sensitization workshop on the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP). Deputy Agriculture Minister, Alie B Mansaray explained that the sensitization workshop was held in order to keep parliamentarians abreast with the CAADP’s implementation in Sierra Leone. Mr. Joseph Koroma, the Focal Point Official in the Agriculture Ministry thanked FAO and the Forum of Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) for their contribution in supporting agriculture in the country. References:
Agricultural experts, policymakers and representatives from Africa and the international community, will convene in Bujumbura, Burundi and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from August 24-25, 2009 and August 27-28 2009 respectively, for roundtables culminating into signing the African Union (AU)/ New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) Compact. Reference - CAADP 07/08 Burundi and Ethiopia to sign CAADP compacts