A SENIOR official in the agriculture ministry says Namibia is still to sign the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Partnership (CAADP) agreement.
The ministry's director for planning and business development Mesag Mulunga, said Namibia wants to first ensure that CAADP is aligned to the country's agricultural development plans.
He said the ministry is consulting partners such as the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) agency in South Africa and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) so that Namibia's own agricultural development plans speak to CAADP.
“It's not that nothing is happening. It has been approved and it is also features in the ministry's work plan. But what you should know is that we also have our own agricultural development plans. What we need to do is to align CAADP with our plans,” said Mulunga.
At the 12th CAADP meeting recently held in Accra, Ghana, it was agreed that the only way Africa can deliver tangible results on agriculture is to mobilise its own human and financial resources an invest more in agricultural activities.
CAADP is Africa's policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition and prosperity for all. It is led by Nepad.