On December 14, the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) at the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion on the Africa Union’s Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program (CAADP). The event culminated in an AGI review of the program, which produced a report examining CAADP’s historical performance and future prospects. This was done in partnership with TransFarm Africa.
The event featured remarks by Mandi Rukuni, a former dean and faculty member of the University of Zimbabwe, Harare and the co-author of a report entitled, “CAADP—Sustaining the momentum in to the next decade.” Following Mr. Rukuni’s remarks were three discussion sessions. The first tackled strategies for national-level implementation of CAADP. The second assessed the role of the private sector within CAADP. The third addressed the role for regional integration within the process. The selection of these topics was informed by research undertaken by AGI. Mwangi Kimenyi, director and senior fellow at AGI, Katrin Kuhlman, president of TransFarm Africa, and John Staatz, a professor emeritus at Michigan State University, served as moderators for the sessions. A final “wrap-up” session concluded the event with remarks by Jeff Hill, the director of policy at the Bureau of Food Security at USAID, and David Nielson, the lead agricultural service specialist at the Africa Region of the World Bank.