2009 CAADP Africa Forum

The Bottom of the Pyramid: Agriculture Development for the Vulnerable.

conferenceOn November 30 in Nairobi, more than 160 delegates from across Africa met for the fourth CAADP Africa Forum, organized by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) from 30 November-4 December 2009. The Forum’s theme is ‘The Bottom of the Pyramid: Agricultural Development for the Vulnerable’.

The forum opened with addresses from Kenya’s Minister of Agriculture, Hon. William Ruto and Kenya’s Permanent Secretary for agriculture, Hon. Romano Kiome who outlined five priorities for Kenya agriculture, largely focused on improving access and all requiring leadership, efficiency, and good governance; they are:

  • inputs
  • credit
  • markets
  • irrigation
  • institutions

As the day continued, delegates had questions about the ongoing planning phase of CAADP and its added-value to national agriculture policies. As well, delegates discussed if CAADP could provide assistance at the national level and what are the windows of opportunity within CAADP for effective cooperation with the state, existing poverty strategy plans and initiatives with donors. {jathumbnail off}