By Andrew Kanyegirire
Two-hundred delegates attended the 6th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting in Johannesburg on 23-24 April. They included representatives of the African Union Commission, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, Regional Economic Communities, farmers organisations, civil society organisations, Pan-African organisations and representatives of eight development partner agencies. In reviewing progress towards ensuring food security and reducing poverty on the African continent, recent trends across regions and individual countries showed that 10 countries had met the 6% agricultural growth rate in 2008. The decline in the average malnutrition rate was encouraging but was still high at 29%.
About 13 countries were making progress towards the hunger or poverty targets but only Ghana was on track to achieve both the targets by 2015. Estimates of the Global Hunger Index of The International Food Policy Research Institute showed that the majority of countries had managed to reduce hunger and poverty but Africa, as a whole, was not on track to achieve the primary Millennium Development Goal. This added to the sense of urgency for speedy and effective implementation of CAADP....More