The 17th CAADP PP: Context, theme, and Sub-Themes

The overall context in which this event is being planned is marked by three major processes. The first one is the just ended United Nations Food System Summit, where Africa as a unique player, has seized the opportunity to elevate the Malabo agenda into the global arena by articulating a common position. During the Summit, not only has Africa reaffirmed what it stands for with regard to building its food system, it has explicitly outlined key messages on food systems to world.

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17th CAADP PP Key Messages

Message 1

Africa welcomes the opportunity and momentum presented in the United Nations (UN) Secretary General call for a global UN Food Systems Summit. It is for Africa, collectively as well as at individual member states level, to critically examine current development pathways and associated policy and investment choices in the pursuit of Agendas 2063 and 2030. The cross-cutting nature of food systems on the 20 goals of Agenda 2063 and 17 goals of the SDGs makes this compelling. The advent of COVID-19 only goes to emphasize the urgency and imperativeness that it can’t be business as usual.

Message 2

In line with Africa’s own integrated national-regional-continental model in delivering sustainable economic growth and development impact, the continent has, additional to national dialogues and national level commitments, undertaken to develop the Africa level Common Position on Food Systems. Both national dialogues and Africa Common Position puts spotlight on issues of IMPLEMENTATION. It is in this light, that following key messages specifically highlight issues to augment and accelerate implementation. Through Agenda 2063 as well as other policy frameworks, including CAADP-Malabo and the Africa Regional Nutrition Strategy (2015-2025), Africa has already identified some key targets important in realising resilient and inclusive food systems.

Message 3

Finally, important to conclude by highlighting that, through Agenda 2063 and CAADP-Malabo implementation structures, Africa has systemic mechanisms which will be enhanced to accelerate implementation of commitments specific to the food systems. The Africa Common Position on Food Systems implementation mechanism seeks to provide vertical and horizontal coherence as well as strong national ownership and drive of implementation. We look forward to all the partners to align and supportively work with the AUC and AUDA-NEPAD and RECs in this renewed undertaking.

The second process in the ongoing cycle of the Third Biennial Review Reporting on the progress in the implementation of the Malabo Declaration on “Accelerated Africa Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods” ((ref.: Doc. Assembly/AU/2(XXIII)) that was adopted by the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in June 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP).

Lastly, the upcoming 4th Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment, is currently under preparation to hold in December 2021. The meeting will among others consider the 3rd CAADP BR report and the 2022-2025 CAADP Malabo Business Plan.

The 17th CAADP PP has three specific objectives:

  1. Assess the status of the implementation of the Malabo commitments on ending hunger in Africa, based on the findings of the biennial review report and various evidence-based analysis and consolidate policy actions to fast-track the implementation.

  2. Engage participants on the African common position on the food systems and its meaning and implications for the Malabo Declaration commitments, goals, and targets.

  3. Catalyse contributions from the parties involved to chart a realistic roadmap for the remainder of the Malabo journey towards achieving the ending hunger commitment by 2025.