The Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) is an African-led initiative to reduce poverty and improve food security. CAADP aims to help African countries reach a higher path of economic growth through agriculture-led development.
This ambitious and comprehensive vision for Africa was kicked-off with the “Maputo Declaration,” a commitment by all African countries to increase government spending on agriculture to 10% of their total budgets and reach an annual growth rate of 6% by 2015. As part of the process of reaching the goals of the Maputo Declaration, countries must go through consultation processes that include all stakeholders – civil society, farmers organizations, women’s groups, private sector companies – to come up with a national plan of action on agriculture. Tanzania has just completed its CAADP compact – a milestone on the path to achieving poverty reduction and food security for all Tanzanians.