Future Agricultures is very much behind the CAADP agenda. We follow up progress towards the Compact and encourage the three partner countries to actively and effectively engage with the programme. We have encouraged the Government of Ethiopia (through MoARD) to accelerate the CAADP process which led to the Compact signing in August 2009.
Future Agricultures is using the Partnership Platform as a mechanism for informing the CAADP process. The Ethiopia team, on behalf of the Consortium, has attended and contributed to 3 CAADP Partnership Platform meetings so far (2nd in Addis Ababa, 3rd in Seychelles, 4th in Pretoria). It has also attended technical meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture and Land in Addis Ababa.
The highlight of our engagement so far is the Ethiopia CAADP Compact signing event in August 2009. This was triggered by the Green Revolution Conference in May 2008. At the invitation of Future Agricultures, Dr. Abera Deresa, the State Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, attended the conference and realised that African countries and prominent individual such as Kofi Annan are committed to CAADP. Upon returning home, he immediately issued a statement that Ethiopia is committed to CAADP and will accelerate the Compact signing process. Within a year of this statement, Ethiopia passed through all the stages and signed the Compact.