CAADP Working Group on Non State Actor participation
The need to boost participation of Non State Actors in the CAADP process
The Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is Africaʼs
plan to boost agricultural productivity and thereby tackle poverty and hunger. As a
market-based sector, agriculture includes many Non State Actors such as farmers,
agribusinesses, producer organisations, and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). CAADP recognises that to transform African agriculture in each country or region,
it is imperative to build broad and inclusive coalitions committed to improving the sectorʼs policies, programming and institutions. State and Non State Actors must work together in partnership.
Working in partnership can be a new and unfamiliar way of doing business for State and Non State Actors alike. The established structures, processes and working cultures are often not conducive to effective participation by Non State Actors.
Challenges to effective participation include:
Ensuring Non State Actor constituencies have legitimate and accountable
Availability of resources for Non State Actor participation.
Variable capacity of all actors to jointly create and implement policy.
Limited awareness by Non State Actors of the CAADP process and its relevance to them.
Access to platforms for ensuring the accountability of State actors, including
Ensuring a balance of interests, especially for women, grassroots, consumers
(food and nutritional security) and the environment.
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