Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Progamme (CAADP) aims to stimulate and facilitate increased agricultural performance through improvements in policy and institutional environments, access to improved technologies and information, and increased investment financing. In furtherance of the implementation of the CAADP commitments, CAADP Results Framework was developed, for tracking, assessing and reporting progress made under the African Union Malabo Declaration. Some of the elements which can as well be described as the key principles of CAADP are Mutual Accountability, Joint Sector Reviews and Biennial Reviews including the national instruments such as the National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIP). It has been observed that some of these instruments sound complex to many farmers and Non-State Actors including the media who are vital in building awareness.
Similarly, at the domestic level, the Government of Nigeria designed and produced a framework for agriculture – Agriculture Promotion Policy – APP (popularly named ‘the Green Alternative’) as a strategic guiding instrument for the implementation of key targets and overall vision in the agriculture and food security sector of the economy. The areas of convergence between the previous policy (ATA), gaps that exist, the extent of alignment with the pillars of the continental and regional policies (CAADP and ECOWAP) remain opaque to the small scale farmers and other actors. Similarly, Nigeria’s agriculture investment architecture has remained below the Malabo provision from 2011 till date (1.8%, 1.6%, 1.7%, 1.4%, 0.9%, 1.3%, and 1.8%), and public expenditure pattern for prosecuting the APP is yet unknown.
Sadly, despite the presence of these key instruments, observers note that many actors such as farmers and civil society practitioners as well as the academic community are not aware of the contents, meaning, implications and or status thereof, including the roles of various actors in actuating the benefits thereof to the livelihoods of Nigerians. Specifically, the palpable docility is apparently attributed to the fact that some of these instruments sound complex to many Non-State Actors and Stakeholders (particularly farmers) who are the core advocates and recipients of benefits or the brunt bearers (as the case may be) of CAADP and the APP.
As a result of the afore mentioned, NANTS in collaboration with Trust Africa organized trainings to build the capacity of Non State Actors and media on CAADP and the APP so as to develop the capacity of the major stakeholders in the implementation of the policy instruments. The CAADP and APP handbooks are available for download here.