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During the visit, the team, included Dr Micheal SIMSIK (Chief of Party USAID C4CP) and Mr Abey Woldesenbet Meharka (Project’ Gender Consultant), held a work session with AU SAFGRAD staff.

The "Partnership for Cotton in the C-4 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad)" project commonly referred to as USAID C4CP is among the USAID funded projects. The project is mobilizing arround USD14.8million for four years (2014-2018) with the goal to improve food security in the targeted areas of C-4 countries while the strategic objective is to increase the incomes of male and female producers and processors of cotton and rotation crops in the targeted areas. The project is implemented in colloboration with about forty (40) regional and national implementation partners, the main partners include the direct actors of the regional cotton value chain at the national and local levels.

In a bid to ensure the sustainability of its achievements, and also to expand its lessons learnt at regional level in order to influence policy work, the project, through its community of practice, is working with African Union and other key partners to organize a forum on women's access to productive resources such as land, credit, inputs and equipment.

The team informed that they called to finalize AU participation and strengthen collaboration with AU-SAFGRAD as the AU interest group in the C4CP project and future advocacy.

AU-SAFGRAD is expected to make an opening presentation  (Day1) on AU’ initiatives on Women’s’ Access to Agricultural inputs and equipment in the forthcoming Forum.

About 60 participants drawn from the Government of the 4 countries, members of the community of practice, AU, ECA and female producers and processors are expected to take part to the forum in Bamako, Mali from November 22 to 25, 2016.

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Mr Abey Woldesenbet Meharka (Project’ Gender Consultant) and Dr Micheal SIMSIK (Chief of Party USAID C4CP) (at the center) posing at the end of their visit with two AU SAFGRAD staff members





The 2016 CAADP Business Meeting was the first after the closure of the MDTF facility. It intended to provide a platform to discuss on the ways to accelerate the transformation process through supporting African Agriculture.

The participants to this strategic gathering included: the Commissioner of REA, DREA staff among which Ag. Director, CAADP team and technical offices representatives; delegates from RECs, International institutions and development partners (EU, World Bank, French Cooperation, German Cooperation, etc.). Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS, AU SAFGRAD Coordinator, and Mr Youssoupha MBENGUE, Senior Information and Outreach Officer were among the attendees.

In terms of agenda, the meeting did the following:  (i) discuss the progress in CAADP implementation since the adoption of the Malabo Declaration, review the strategic documents for DREA, NPCA, DPCG, PAFO and CNC; (ii) define and agree on the engagements process towards finding required resources to support accelerated implementation of CAADP in order to deliver on Malabo Heads of State commitments; and (iii) Agree on revised coordination mechanisms and how progress towards common partners’ agenda will be reported on collectively.

Areas for substantive discussion during the CAADP Business Meeting included the following agenda items:

1. CAADP Implementation since Malabo Declaration: Status Progress report 

   a. Domestication of Malabo - New CAADP implementation Guidelines

   b. Biennial Review Architecture

   c. African Agriculture Transformation Scorecard

2. New Business Plan to Accelerate Implementation of Malabo 

3. Partnership and Coordination mechanisms

4. Financing Malabo 

At the end of two-day meeting, a final communiqué has been drafted with a strong commitment of the various actors to go forward in accelerating the implementation of Malobo and with the renewal of the support from development partners. The organizers have commited themselves to send later the various necessary documents.



 Group photo of the participants at the opening ceremony



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Group photo at the opening of the workshop with Burkina Faso main stakeholders



Burkina Faso became the 30th African Union Member State to receive the African Union Commission Agenda 2063 Domestication Team. The mission was successfully conducted from the 10th to the 13th of October 2016. During the mission officials from the Government confirmed that the country has already taken into account Agenda 2063 its development strategies notably within its new national development plan.

The AUC Team included Dr. Tijan Jallow, Agenda 203 Senior Consultant, Dr Ahmed Elmekass, AU SAFGRAD Coordinator, Mr. Tichawona Shumba, Senior Policy Officer (Planning), Mr. Youssoupha Mbengue, AU SAFGRAD Information and Communication Officer, and Mrs. Eleonore SAYAH, AU SAFGRAD Bilingual Secretary.

The main objectives of the AUC domestication mission to Burkina Faso were to start the process of Agenda 2063 domestication and popularization in Burkina Faso, to establish the state of progress in the domestication of Agenda 2063 in Burkina Faso, to exchange views / experiences on current domestication efforts with the various Burkina Faso stakeholders and to explore opportunities for future AUC/Burkina Faso collaboration to ensure the successful domestication and implementation of Agenda 2063 in Burkina Faso.

During the four day mission the AUC team held fruitful deliberations with senior Burkinabe government officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Economic Development and the President of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso. The team held intensive technical working sessions with the Directorate General of Economic Planning at which the Burkina Faso 2016-2020 was critically reviewed to establish its global alignment to the Agenda 2063 and explore avenues of ensuring deeper alignment through sectorial plans and ministerial frameworks.

Further technical working sessions were held with the National Institute of Statistics as well as with United Nations Residents Coordinator. During the deliberations the issue of integrated implementation of Agenda 2063 and SDGs was discussed. The working session also stressed the importance of cooperation between the African Union and the UN system to ensure successful implementation of both Agendas.

In addition, the AUC team organized and oversubscribed Agenda 2063 Domestication workshop at which the Agenda 2063 was presented in full in front of an Agenda 2063 enthusiastic audience made up senior government officials, civil society organizations, representatives of women and youth organizations and the media. 




For more information, please contact:

  • Mr. Youssoupha MBENGUE, Senior Communications Officer, AU SAFGRAD. Email: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. .

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AU SAFGRAD took part to the Regional Forum on Cotton and food security held 14- 16th September in Lome, Togo.

The Office was represented by Dr. Mure AGBONLAHOR,Senior Production and Marketing Officer, who made a presentation on behalf of the Director of Women, Gender and Development of African Union Commission (AUC).

The forum was attended by representatives of the regional groups (ECOWAS, UEMOA), development partners and representatives of cotton producers and processing organizations. The focus of the Forum was to provide the framework for sharing information and experience on issues of cotton and food security in the continent.   

Relevance to AU_SAFGRAD The C4 countries are all located in the semi-arid zone as cotton prodution is mainly localize in this area. The C4CP project emphasis on women and food security is also in tandem with AU-SAFGRAD’s mandate of building livelihood resilience in the continent. 



AU-SAFGRAD participated to the Regional Sustainable Land Management and Landscape Approaches: Collecting Data and Information to Generating and Managing Knowledge, 13-16 September 2016, Mbabane, Swaziland

Represented by Mr. Mamadou KOUTOU, Senior Programme Officer, the office took part to the Regional Sustainable Land Management and Landscape Approaches: Collecting Data and Information to Generating and Managing Knowledge, 13-16 September 2016, Mbabane, Swaziland

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Agency), with the support of partners such as the Global Environment Fund (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is implementing the Strategic Investment Program (SIP) for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) entitled: “Institutional Support to NEPAD and RECs for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Scale-up in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)” within the TerrAfrica Partnership shared vision to scale-up implementation of SLM activities.

AU-SAFGRAD as a technical office of AUC was represented by Mr Koutou Mamadou, Program and Research Officer. He presented the office activities in relation to SLWM in Africa. Along with other technical partners SAFGRAD took opportunity to present outcomes of a recent study on the role and science and technology in combating Desertification in Africa.

Participants showed interested in the findings of the study and suggestions were made to share the conclusions with RECs and relevant stakeholders at regional level.



ROPPA and AU-SAFGRAD to strenghten cooperation


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – 29 June 2016. Mr Djibo BAGNA, Chairman of the Board of The Network of Farmers and Producers Organizations of West Africa (ROPPA), paid a visit to AU-SAFGRAD. The visit which was on the margin of the workshop on Pastoralism organised (from 28 june to 1st july 2016) by DREA in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, was an opportunity for the two institutions to review their relationships.


Mr. Bagna was welcomed to the Office by Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS,   AU-SAFGRAD Coordinator who briefed the august visitor on the major activities   and achievements aiming at strengthening livelihood resilience of small   holders in semi-arid zones of Africa (SAZs). The Chairman of ROPPA Board, after thanking AU SAFGRAD head   and his collaborators for receiving him despite a full agenda, explained his   expectations in terms of collaboration and partnership between ROPPA and   AU-SAFGRAD.


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Mr Djibo BAGNA, Chairman of the Board of ROPPA greeting Dr   Ahmed ELMEKASS, AU-SAFGRAD Coordinator.

He also presented the current activities of the ROPPA network. ROPPA Board Chairperson particularly made a focus on few main activities including an important study on the implementation of an observatory of family farming in West Africa and the preparation of a ministerial meeting on the issue of agricultural development in West Africa. In his intervention, the Head of the board of ROPPA expressed his wish that Pastoralism be taken into account in the new generations of national agricultural investment programs (NAIPs). He also reiterate the need to include Women and Youth, and other elements such as agricultural scientific research and agricultural value chain to be considered into the new NAIPs within CAADP framework.

In conclusion and after a very rich discussion and exchange of views, the two institutions agreed to envisage a technical meeting between aimed at identifying ways of closer collaboration and eventually the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

AU-SAFAGRAD Coordinator, on behalf of African Union, thanked the ROPPA leader for his visit and the interest he has shown on the activities of AU SAFGRAD and the need for a better collaboration between the two concerned institutions.

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FOR MORE DETAILS : Mr. Youssoupha MBENGUE, Information and Outreach Officer, AU SAFGRAD,

Email: Mbenguey@africa-union.org , Tel: +226 78234178, +226 25311598, Ext. 7312



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