The Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP) is an Africa-wide framework for revitalizing agriculture and rural development, which was formulated in 2002 by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Under CAADP, African governments seek to achieve growth rates of 6 percent and a budget share of 10 percent for their agriculture sectors using an evidence-based approach to agricultural policy formulation and implementation.
In 2006, a group of donors led by DFID, USAID, and SIDA, in consultation with the NEPAD secretariat and leading regional economic communities, asked IFPRI to manage the grant funds and provide technical assistance in the planning implementation of CAADP. In response IFPRI launched a capacity building and technical assistance program to help accelerate the implementation of the CAADP agenda.
IFPRI’s support to CAADP focused on (1) collaborative research at the country level to evaluate whether current and future agricultural development policies and programs will allow countries to meet and sustain the above targets, and (2) capacity strengthening to undertake food policy research that also includes establishing and operating—in collaboration with ILRI and IITA—ReSAKSS nodes in East, West, and southern Africa (see separate outcome statement on ReSAKSS).
According to an external review commissioned by donors and conducted by Stephen Tembo and Ramatu M. Al-Hassan, IFPRI’s greatest success has been its contribution to raising the profile of African agriculture through the Institute’s effective engagement of stakeholders at all levels.