AU-SAFGRAD attended Climate SMART Agriculture (CSA) Orientation Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, March 31st to April 05th, 2014

From March 31st to April 05th, 2013, AU-SAFGRAD Office represented by the Senior Information and Outreach Officer, attended  in Nairobi, Kenya an Orientation Workshop on the issue of Climate SMART Agriculture.

The workshop was organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF). The organizers have received a grant from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) to implement a two-year project aiming at promoting adoption of  CSA strategies that enhance agricultural productivity for improved food security and environment sustainability. Participants to the Workshop came from various organizations at global, continental and national levels in Africa. The purpose of the workshop was to stimulate collective action to leverage political, technical and financing support to grass-root, national and regional-level programmes and initiatives to scale-up the adoption the adoption of CSA practices in defining farming systems in Africa.

Scheduled for three days, the workshop finally was extended to five days. The three first days (March 31-April 02) were dedicated to the “CSA Orientation and Scaling-Up Workshop” while the two last days (April 02-03) concerned more specifically “Farming systems Orientation for CSA in the context of CAADP NAIP”. The new AU-SAFGRAD strategic Plan has been presented during the fourth day.

As way forward, the work plan of the initiative built during the workshop will be implemented  as soon as possible. 



10th CAADP Partnership Platform opens with a call to African leaders to own and recommit to the CAADP process



Directorate of Information and Communication 

 Press Release No. 054/2014

Durban, South Africa -19 March 2014–Yesterday, the 10thComprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform officially opened in Durban at the International Convention Centre. On the 10th anniversary of CAADP inception, this meeting is a pivotal moment, asking members to objectively reflect on previous goals and actions and call upon African Heads of State and government to enhance their ownership and commitment to CAADP.


The meeting brought together Africa and global leaders from a number of international organisations, African Governments including ministers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, farmers, NGOs and civil society organizations to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for scaling agricultural development success in Africa.


As a proven engine for growth, the conference emphasised that, agriculture is essential to Africa’s long-term and sustainable economic growth, and a solution to most of the continent’s most pressing challenges, such as youth employment and climate change.


The meeting was officially opened by Mr.James Nxumalo, Mayor of Durban, who acknowledged  CAADP’s success over the last decade saying, ‘’this meeting will foster a spirit of mutual learning and growth for Africa.’’


Addressing the meeting on behalf of the AUC Chairperson, H.E NkosazanaDlamini-Zuma, AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, said tremendous progress had been achieved in the last decade of CAADP implementation.

“The deeper we commit to the CAADP process, the greater the level of coordination, harmonisation and alignment to the strategy and priorities of Africa’s agricultural transformation, “she said.


Commissioner Tumusiime said the agenda of agricultural transformation was strategically positioned to provide enormous opportunities for inclusive and sustainable development in Africa. (The complete speech is available on www.au.int).


Giving a keynote presentation during the opening, Dr. Ibrahim AssaneMayaki, CEO of NEPAD said, “CAADP has now become a recognised and irreversible ‘’brand’’ throughout Africa and the rest of the world.” “It has been a catalyst for African leadership in driving agriculture at all levels, as well as for the process of Africans regaining control of the dialogue with technical and financial partners.” (The full speech is available on www.au.int).


Other speakers at the opening event included Mr. Stephen Muchiri, representative of the Pan African Farmers Organisation, Ms. Abby MguguMhene representing civil society organizations and Mr. Roberto Ridolfi representing the development partners, who all reiterated their support of CAADP.


The four day meeting will encompass numerous discussions, pledges, and ultimately, goals, actions and targets with clarity on execution strategies, for the next decade of CAADP in line with the thrust of the AU Agenda 2063, a huge part of which is agricultural transformation.

For interview requests and more information about CAADP or the CAADP Partnership Platform, please contact:

Ms Carol Jilombo

Department of Rural Economy and Agricultrure, AUC

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Directorate of Information andCommunication, AUC

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AU SAFGRAD attended a Burkina Faso Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation Ministry Workshop in Gaoua, Burkina Faso, February 27-28, 2014

AU SAFGRAD has successfully participated in Gaoua to a workshop organized, from February 27 to 28, 2014, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of Burkina Faso. The city of Gaoua, capital city of Province du Poni, Région du Sud-Ouest in Burkina Faso, is 400 kms approximately distant from Ouagadougou.

During the two-day workshop attended by the main African Integration Organizations in Burkina Faso such as ECOWAS and UEMOA, AU SAFGRAD made a successful and well appreciated presentation to an audience composed by several stakeholders (Youth Associations, Farmers groups, Journalists, Businessmen, Women Associations, Customs Agents, Policemen, etc.). Au SAFGRAD presentation made on the second day by the Senior Communication Officer focused on the mandate, main achievements and new Strategic Plan. Following this presentation, many questions regarding activities of the African Union technical and specialized office were raised by the participants. Useful elements of understanding to the relevant issues were provided to the audience by the presenter.

This activity is an information and sensitization strategy targeting the general public and specific stakeholders on various issues regarding African regional integration. Both the opening and the closing ceremonies were chaired by the Burkina Faso Delegate Minister of Regional Cooperation with the presence of local Authorities. A set of similar workshops targeting the other main areas of the country is already planned. It appears as an unique opportunity to make the African Integration organizations more visible and understood by the populations notably at grassroots level.

Gaoua Workshop group photo with HE Mr. PALE, Burkina Faso Delegate Minister for Regional Integration


2014 Year of Agriculture: Mr. Idrissa KONDITAMDE, journalist from Burkina Faso is among the winners of the 1st edition of CAADP Prize for Journalist of the year

Mr KONDITAMDE who is the manager of the web site AGRI-TIC won this African Union  prize with an online report on Zai technology. The article is called “Le Zai ou comment récolter deux tonnes à l’hectare sur un sol aride” (“Zai technology: how to crop two tons per ha on an arid soil”).

Idrissa KONDITAMDE will collect his prize during the coming CAADP meeting in Durban on March 24th 2014.

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Training opportunity with ICRA : Design and Management of InterActive Learning, Action Research and Outreach in Higher Education


Design and Management of InterActive Learning, Action Research and Outreach in Higher Education

Three-week course for lecturers and researchers working in higher agricultural and rural education organisations.

Date: 20 Oct-7 Nov 2014.

Location: ICRA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Apply for the course at ICRA before 29 April 2014. Apply for a scholarship for this course from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme before 6 May 2014.


For more details, Please visit ICRA website: http://www.icra-edu.org/page.cfm?pageid=ardsharingIA2014-1


2014 Year of Agriculture: AU SAFGRAD and CILSS to revisit their MOU

Ouagadougou, 04 February 2014. AU SAFGRAD, the Specialized Office of African Union Commission in charge of Agricultural Research and Development in the Semi-Arid Zones (SAZ) of Africa and The Permanent Inter-States Committee for Drought and Desertification Control in the Sahel (CILSS) have decided to revisit their previous five years MOU. This decision is the main conclusion of discussions during a visit paid on Tuesday, February 4th 2014 by DR Ahmed ELMEKASS, AU SAFGRAD Coordinator, to DR Djimé ADOUM, new CILSS Executive Secretary.

Accompanied with close collaborators, Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS has visited his CILSS peer with the purpose to greeting him and discuss the way to strengthen the cooperation between the two institutions. Responding to his guest, Dr ADOUM expressed his honor in receiving AU SAFGRAD Coordinator and his team. While discussing on the relationships and activities of their respective institutions, the two persons in charge agreed to reinforce the collaboration between AU SAFGRAD and CILSS in particular within Sahel Region. Taking opportunity of the framework of the 2014 African Union Year of Agriculture, Dr ElMEKASS and Dr ADOUM have decided to revisit their Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed since 2006. In this regards a couple of experts representing the two organizations will meet in the coming weeks to reread the past MOU. Invited by his counterpart, the head of CILSS has accepted to visit AU SAFGRAD Office as soon as possible.

Established respectively in the seventies (1973 and 1977), CILSS and AU SAFGRAD are both located in Ouagadougou City. CILSS intervention is limited to the Sahel Region while AU SAFGRAD mandate is targeting all the semi-arid zones across Africa including the Sahel.


For further information, please contact: Mr Youssoupha MBENGUE, Senior Information Officer at AU SAFGRAD, Ouagadougou. Email: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

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