April 8, 2013

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CAADP Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET )

In 2012, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) launched a new project, “Promotion of Technical Vocational Education and Training for the Agricultural Sector in Africa (CAADP ATVET)” with the support of the German Government through GIZ. The project is expected to have a total duration of six to seven years. In a first two-year phase (2012/2013) the programme will work at a continental level (NPCA) and in two pilot countries (Ghana and Kenya). The aim will be to develop and implement market-oriented qualification measures, as well as coherent concepts to incorporate agricultural technical vocational training components into the national education systems. The expansion of value chain approaches in development strategies calls for the adequate qualification both of the value chain actors and the implementing institutions.

Why ATVET?
CAADP ATVET helps to create more coherent policies for agricultural education and training in Africa, particularly for women and young people who are the most valuable asset for Africa’s future. CAADP ATVET fills a thematic gap in the current CAADP process and has a strong potential to contribute to achieving the CAADP goals of agricultural sector growth, generating rural income and reducing poverty.

The project objective is to integrate agricultural vocational and technical education into the CAADP process of selected countries. The project focuses on three support areas, namely:

- Knowledge management and survey of approaches, sharing of information and best practices of ATVET in Africa;
- Anchoring of ATVET in the African Union (AU) structures and in the CAADP country processes;
- Developing and assessing of pilot qualification measures for farmers, the youth, employed persons and service providers at a national level.
Enhancing agricultural qualification through CAADP ATVET will eventually improve the job perspectives in African agricultural value chains. Business and technical skills and abilities which meet private sector needs are important to further promote the implementation of national agricultural investment plans at country level.

For whom and with whom?
ATVET is mainstreamed in the CAADP process. The bilateral GIZ programmes in the implementing countries offer technical support to the countries. The aim is to design appropriate measures to address the gaps in the vocational and technical education within the agricultural investment plans with the cooperation of the CAADP team and agricultural private sector associations, individual private companies, farmer organisations, training service providers and development partners.

Five success factors of large-scale skills development in agriculture

Contact information

Abraham Sarfo:

CAADP ATVET Advisor - abraham.sarfo@nepad.org

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October 28, 2011

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Announcing the Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day Commemoration

7-28 October 2011, Midrand Conference Centre, Johannesburg, SouthAfrica

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) in partnership with the Department of Health in South Africa will, on the 27 and 28th of October 2011, commemorate the Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day.

The Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day was endorsed by the African Heads of State and Governments during the 15th AU Summit held in Kampala, Uganda. This say is to be commemorated annually by all member states on 30th October. The theme for this year’s event is:  “Investing in Intra–Africa trade for Food and Nutrition Security”.

The objectives broadly are:

  • To create widespread awareness on the importance of investing in the intra-African trade of strategic food and agricultural commodities in order to promote food and nutrition security on the continent;
  • To share best practices, innovations, challenges, and constraints;
  • To improve market access and trade opportunities by promoting production and consumption of high quality foods, such as fortified foods with micronutrients, diverse nutrient dense vegetables and fruits and animal source foods; and
  • To promote sustainable access to evidence-based maternal and child nutrition interventions.

Members of the media are hereby invited to attend:

1. The Technical seminar: 27th October 2011

Time: 09:00 am – 5:00 pm

Speakers will include Food and Nutrition experts from within South Africa and across the continent.

2. The High level official Commemoration: 28th October 2011

Time: 09:00am-1pm (Keynote Address by Hon. Aaron Motsoaledi)

For more information and to schedule interviews, please contact:

NEPAD Agency: Millicent Seganoe:millicents@nepad.org +27 (0) 11 256 3615 www.nepad.org / www.nepad-caadp.net

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October 25, 2011

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The two Sides of the World Food Crisis

The graphic illustrates the two sides of the current food crisis: the nations who are in desperate need of food and the large amounts of food wasted by nations who have the most to spare.

The Food Crisis
Created by: Public Health Degree

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August 24, 2011

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Maputo Declaration on Agriculture holds Key to ending Famine in Africa

Dr. Sipho  Moyo is Africa's ONE   Director, based in Johannesburg

Dr. Sipho Moyo is Africa's ONE Director, based in Johannesburg

As I write, the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa continues to worsen. Figures from the UN’s Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) show that the number of people affected by food shortages in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti has escalated from 10 million to 12.4 million. About 2.3 million of the region’s children are acutely malnourished and the UN Children’s Fund says more than half a million of them are at risk of death without urgent intervention. The United Nations has described the situation as the worst drought the region has seen in 60 years.  As dreadful as this situation already is, the fear is that the worst is yet to come. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network forecasts worsening drought conditions for the coming months, particularly in northern Kenya, which has 3.2 million people who are “food insecure”.

As a mother, my stomach churns when I hear stories of mothers having to choose between which children to drag along with them to refugee camps and which ones they leave behind to die. But this is the reality that many mothers affected by the famine are faced with. And these are the cold facts that face African Heads of State ahead of a conference to raise funds to support the humanitarian relief work convened by the African Union at its headquarters tomorrow.

As the esteemed leaders of our great continent make their way to Addis, I am earnestly hoping and praying that they will seize this opportunity to further demonstrate their commitment to forging African solutions to African problems such as the crisis that faces their fellow Africans at this time of great need.  We at ONE can already acknowledge the ways in which African leaders and their citizens have responded to the crisis so far.  When an 11 year old Ghanaian schoolboy determined to help children facing starvation in Somalia raises more than $500 in a single week I know there is hope.  Then there is the ‘Kenyans for Kenyans’ initiative, where ordinary citizens, contributing as little as 10 Kenyan shillings, pulled together a total of about $4m, and we’re still counting.  The Gift of Givers, all the way from South Africa, loaded 500 tons of food to distribute to the hardest hit in Somalia.  The governments of Sudan, Namibia and South Africa are amongst those that have responded to the call by the UN for funding.  The Kenyan and Ethiopian governments have generously opened their borders to Somali refugees, arriving daily by the thousands, even when it’s beyond government’s capacity to manage the crisis. The African Union’s peacekeeping force, AMISOM, is treating an outbreak of measles and other diseases such as malaria and diarrhea in a camp for people displaced from their homes, while the AU Mission is securing both the seaport and the airport in Somalia, thus making it possible to bring in the much-needed humanitarian supplies.  These stories attest to the generous spirit of us as African people and we at ONE are proud of the African engagement.  However, there remains a lot more work to be done. The Horn of Africa drought appeal is only 57 per cent funded, requiring an additional US$1billion. As an African citizen nothing would make me more proud than to see all of our African leaders stepping up even more to help our fellow Africans in the Horn of Africa.  Help is needed urgently and desperately.

Next to this immediate and short term agenda item at the AU Heads of State meeting today, should be the closely linked but more medium to long term agenda of accelerating the meeting of their commitments under the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security to spend 10 percent of national budgets on agriculture development.  In this declaration made during the Second Ordinary Assembly of the African Union in July 2003 in Maputo, African Heads of State and Government reaffirmed the need for ownership of their own development agenda and agreed to achieve 10 percent within five years.  However as of the 2008 deadline, only seven countries are currently meeting the 10 percent agriculture spending target. These countries are Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Malawi, Mali, Niger, and Senegal.  A number of other countries are making reasonable progress in the right direction. The question we have to answer is not if another season of drought will recur on the continent.  Our experts tell us, it will.  The question is rather, how ready is Africa to deal with the next drought season? With the knowledge that we have, the next drought need not be another humanitarian catastrophe of people dying and being displaced due to hunger. In other words, we need not wait for the next pledging conference to address a predictable recurring problem.  The Maputo declaration gives us as Africans a fair shot at ending famine on the continent once and for all, in the long run.

Our last appeal for the AU agenda is  a more definite plan to deal with the refugee crisis.  An assessment by the World Food programme shows that the Dadaab refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya continues to receive large influxes of refugees mainly from Somalia. Kenya currently has about 447,000 refugees in Dadaab with 1,500 new arrivals every day.  These are not refugees of war as we more often see, but rather they are refugees of famine as they have been described by the World Food Program.  The Kenyan Government deserves commendation for its generosity in hosting these refugees and we thank them.  We hope that plans to open Ifo 2 are on track as this would help ease the congestion at Dadaab.  At the same time we call upon other African nations to consider opening up their borders to the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees, looking for a place of shelter.

When all is said and done, and the Horn of Africa remains mired in the humanitarian tragedy of famine which deserves the spotlight of international media attention it is important to remember that it is but one part of the continent.  Let us therefore be mindful not to bundle the whole continent into a hopeless single image of starvation and penury. Let us also remember that despite Africa’s development challenges while many world economies have suffered a backlash in the economic recession that followed the global financial crisis, Africa countries escaped relatively unscathed.  According to the International Monetary Fund sub-Saharan Africa is projected to grow by an average 5.5 percent this year before accelerating to about 6 percent in 2012. Growth will be driven by low and middle income countries such as Ghana and Ethiopia with oil exporters such as Nigeria and Angola lending support. These are phenomenal stories that ought to be told.

The writer, Dr. Sipho  Moyo is Africa’s ONE  Director, based in Johannesburg.

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Dr. Sipho Moyo joined ONE in 2010 as Africa Director. She represents ONE’s global work across Africa and helps mainstream the African perspective in ONE’s policy stances. She brings 18 years experience from AfDB, UN, World Bank.  Her last position was AfDB Resident Representative in Tanzania where she led the country-level Policy Dialogue between Government/donors, as Chair of 14 GBS partners. Previous roles include Special Affiliate on President Bush’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on Affordable Housing; and a Sasakawa Leadership Fellowship.

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August 22, 2011

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Seventy Women Agricultural Scientists Bag AWARD Fellowships

Established in 2008, AWARD is a professional development programme that strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

By Zachary Ochieng

Nairobi–—The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Thursday announced 70 winners of its 2011 fellowships. In a colourful ceremony held at Nairobi’s Jacaranda Hotel, Ms Vicki Wilde, both Director of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Gender and Diversity Programme and AWARD, said the outstanding researchers were picked through a highly competitive process that attracted 785 high calibre applicants from 11 African countries, bringing the total number of women in the programme to 250.

“These talented women are conducting critical agricultural research that is desperately needed to feed Africa’s people and help mitigate crises like we are seeing in East Africa right now”, said Wilde. “We are recognising and supporting these women today with an AWARD fellowship.”

Established in 2008, AWARD is a professional development programme that strengthens the research and leadership skills of African women in agricultural science, empowering them to contribute more effectively to poverty alleviation and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The programme offers two-year fellowships focused on mentoring partnerships, science skills and leadership development. Women agricultural scientists from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s or a doctoral degree are eligible to apply. Another eligibility criterion is that these women must already be working with the communities to address issues of food security and climate change, among others.

The 2011 fellowships couldn’t have been announced at a better time. More than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa are currently facing starvation occasioned by the worst drought in 60 years and the effects of climate change. There is no gainsaying that ensuring the continent’s food security will require mobilizing the best minds from every discipline, including women agricultural researchers.

“My parents paid for my primary education by selling a cow or a goat, so I know from experience that livestock is the cornerstone of people’s livelihoods in rural Africa”, said Dr Lillian Wambua, a molecular geneticist at the University of Nairobi’s School of Biological Sciences and one of this year’s fellows. “Diseases are the greatest challenge to livestock farmers. As an AWARD fellow and upcoming researcher, my goal is to use my scientific skills to engage with like-minded researchers in finding lasting solutions to secure healthy herds”, enthused the AWARD winner who hails from Kenya’s semi-arid Eastern district of Makueni.

Ms Beatrice Ekesa-Onyango, a Research Fellow at Bioversity International and a PhD student at Nairobi’s Kenyatta University could also not hide her joy following her nomination for the fellowship.

“This AWARD fellowship is a great honour to me. It is very timely as it will give me an opportunity to enhance my research and leadership skills to help the communities overcome their myriad challenges of food security”, said Ms Ekesa-Onyango.

Prof Samuel K. Oppong, Head, Department of Wildlife and Range Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and AWARD mentor 2009, 2011 said the fellowship programme is an opportunity to bring talented female scientists on board and have them to be more influential.

“We must encourage the female scientists in our institutions; help them get to that next level. Women need to be represented in leadership positions so they can help set the agenda for what research is conducted, so they can inform and influence decision and policy makers”, Prof Oppong observed.

A project of the CGIAR’s Gender and Diversity Programme, AWARD is supported by the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is a US$15 million, five-year project with plans to expand to a second phase starting 2013. AWARD currently partners with over 75 national agricultural research institutions, raising awareness and support for the career development of African women scientists.

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July 21, 2011

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CAADP 5 Year Review video(2003-2009)

Through NEPAD, CAADP addresses policy and capacity issues across the entire agricultural sector and African continent. CAADP is entirely African-led and African-owned and represents African leaders’ collective vision for agriculture in Africa. This video outlines what CAADP did in the first 5 years of its existence (2003-2009).

CAADP 5 Year Review video(2003-2009) - Part 1

CAADP 5 Year Review video(2003-2009) - Part 2

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July 20, 2011

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Enter the competition to win a prize and join NEPAD’s 10th Anniversary!

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) have joined forces in celebrating NEPAD’s 10th Anniversary. It is within this context of reflecting over the advancement of  the African development agenda, that the two institutions are jointly organising photo and essay competitions

The essay competition is themed; “Looking at ICTs and entrepreneurship in agriculture and rural development through the eyes of women and the youth” and “Looking at ICTs, agriculture, entrepreneurship and climate change in Africa through the eyes of women and the youth” for the photo competition.

This contest also falls in the framework of CTA activities on Youth, Women and ICTs. In line with these objectives, CTA and the NEPAD Agency are searching for enthusiastic Africans, who want to demonstrate their abilities by examining these issues.

Please follow the links below to download the announcements:

- Photo Competition - English | French

- Essay Competition - English | French

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July 7, 2011

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Young People, Farming & Food: The Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa - Call for Papers

Dear Users,

The Call for Papers for the conference Young People, Farming & Food: The Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa is now open.

This international conference is being sponsored by the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and will take place 19-21 March 2012 in Accra, Ghana. The conference will critically examine, from both research and policy perspectives:

- Dominant and alternative framings and narratives, and recent empirical data, relating to how young people engage with the agrifood sector in Africa (as producers, entrepreneurs, employees, consumers and citizens)

- The dynamics of change in different components of the agrifood sector and the implications of these dynamics for young people

- The implications for young people of alternative policy approaches to the development of the agrifood sector.

The Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 August 2011.

Please circulate this announcement to you your colleagues and networks.

For additional information you may contact one of the conference organisers:

Jim Sumberg, IDS, j.sumberg@ids.ac.uk

Nana Akua Anyidoho, ISSER, a_anyi@yahoo.com
Sam Asuming-Brempong, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, University of Ghana, samasum@ug.edu.gh

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June 7, 2011

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Live webcast of IFPRI Policy Seminar on WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support, June 7

On June 7, 2011, IFPRI will hold a Policy Seminar on WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support, based on a new book, WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support: Seeking a Fair Basis for Trade edited by David Orden, David Blandford, and Tim Josling (Cambridge University Press, 2011). To learn more, visit the Food Security Portal Food for Thought blog.

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May 23, 2011

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Voices of CAADP process facilitators on the NPCA Capacity Development

Ngandu Bwalya, Investment Promotions and Banking ConsultantThis working session has clarified what we have read in the CAADP Guide. The exchange of ideas with fellow participants has helped me to understand the process very well.

The roles of process facilitators have been explained but acquiring the skills, defining the technical role is ongoing. One of the things which this working session has helped me is to see the basic fundamental differences under coaching, training and mentoring. It has been made clearer to me now. I am a lot more comfortable now with the role of the process facilitator than before.

By the time we are finished here we should be able to establish some kind of networking where we can have a platform to share our different tools and skills which could be used in the CAADP process facilitation.

Apart from undergoing formal training, the other important source for capacity building tools was the different people’s experience which allows me to build specific skills which one can apply to the CAADP country team process facilitation.

I appreciated having gone through the CAADP capacity development training as my brain has gone through a thinking process and I feel it is more of doing the process facilitation which is important.

One of the difficulties is that covering the whole sense of the CAADP framework is very useful; perhaps in future an attempt should be made where the participants can have hands on approach where we facilitate a session.

There should be more emphasis on practical training. Get participants to carry out actual facilitation using the group members as the clients. Participants can take turns to facilitate. In other words more of the training should be based on doing.

The group of process facilitators should be formalized. To keep the group together and engaged, there be should be a mailing list and we should receive periodic information on what is happening with respect to CAADP and network among ourselves so we can exchange experiences.

Marthe Wandou, Development Consultant

The presentations made by GIZ, COMESA and discussions by participants have helped me understand CAADP much better.

What is clear to me is the role of the process facilitator. Before coming to this working session it was not very clear to me whether are going to be trainers or coaches for country teams. What was in my mind was that we were going to be facilitators or trainers but now we are going to be CAADP process facilitators.

The defining process is still going on and we are going to still clarify on the terms of reference for the process facilitators. I have shared on visualization and presentation in process facilitation. By the ened of the training I will acquire more skills in process facilitation.

There is expected change in poverty alleviation by African governments that are expected to contribute 10% of the annual budget to agriculture.

My wish is that all these specialists keep in touch in a network as all of them live in different countries. There is also need for the NEPAD Agency to keep in touch with specialists and country teams. The other need is for regular feedback on the CAADP process.

We are being trained to be ready to facilitate a process with a country team. After this training, am ready to facilitate a CAADP country team process.

If possible the NEPAD Agency should also bring in women into the process as only two compared to 10 men are being trained. It should also make sure that women are also represented in the country teams in order to have a gender balance.

Nathaniel Njema, Development Management, Coach

The presentations were very good and I can say this with authority. The sequencing was very good. The speakers were very knowledgeable and spoke with passion to an extent that we the participants said it was a religion.

The presentations were on a compelling subject and that is what is missing a lot in development. I think that my understanding of CAADP has been enhanced. I have read about CAADP but understood so little. The presentations were very good as I understand more now. Hearing Simon Kisira from the NEPAD Agency speak with simple terms but with so much passion attracted my listening.

What we need to do from time to time is let the process grow and jointly reflect as a group. We would also use other people’s skills as tools.

Once in four months we should meet jointly and share experiences. For us to have to work together, I wish we could have a team building so that we are open to one another. We should be able to know each other’s skills so that they can be referred to other country teams which could use their skills.

I am promoting a structure where there is a backstopping team because these days for training here in Ghana are not enough to develop process facilitation and the tools. We need to share skills. There is also need for other process facilitators to observe their colleagues. Each of the process facilitators have strong holds which need to be embraced.

This working session has made me become clearer in process facilitation. I am more grounded than before. I think at times many people have not reflected on what process facilitation is all about. I am happy that I was here and have managed to sell my vision and input.

For this process to ensure that there is quality it will cost money. My approach to this is that we need to learn a lot to have a common understanding. Where we observe that someone is not pulling his weight, we need to be true to ourselves that someone is not pulling their weight.

I still hold my fears that unless a certain level of competency in case of instruments of tools is reached, this will be another failing program. Technical consultancy is left to the country and no one is bringing them together to reflect on their performance. I also see that there is a tendency to push people. Maybe there are fears because I don’t know what is at the technical level of each country team.

Collin Kamalizeni, Management Policy Business Consultant

The training has given me a clear perspective of what governments are doing in terms of support because in Africa we rely on agriculture and now I see the efforts being done by governments to reduce poverty. Our institution is trying to participate in the effort to deal with MDG number one which is about reducing poverty.

I think it will be necessary for us to work with the communities especially the different sectors in the countries like the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Finance. I feel the Ministry of Education should also be involved so that this CAADP issue should be incorporated in learning.

The government must really support the CAADP country team in facilitating the process. We must guide and prepare them (the governments) for the roles in terms of coordinating the activities of their countries.

I shared my experiences; the issue of fitting into the system it is not about knowing it all. The consultant must be conscious about what to use. Sometime you can find politics may not be supportive and you need to be sensitive to these issues.

My skills have been much enhanced. What is critical is to re-organise that knowledge at a later stage of achieving the goals of putting food on the table.

What is missing is getting a sense of the conditions of the work we will provide. These should have been explained right from the beginning. Some of the things fail not because people don’t have the capacity but due to issues of cost.

I would want to say that this workshop is facilitated to continually go one perhaps on a blog or a discussion group.

Albert Tenga Crop Scientist, Consultant in food security and value chain systems

The working session on the CAADP process facilitation is very relevant. I learnt first the CAADP core goals and objectives, the CAADP country teams’ formation process and what they are supposed to be doing. I also leant the emphasis on the fact that if the CAADP process is enhanced the expectations will be food security and incomes in pockets.

For this to happen, the role of the process facilitators need be concretized and their relationship within country teams need to be clearly understood including their work responsibilities as well as those relating to decision makers that will be making the appropriate policies for the CAADP process.

The country teams need to have very strong lobbying skills. The country teams as representatives of their constituency need to show interest and effectively participate in the CAADP process.

I also learnt the need to understand the types of skills that one needs to have as a good facilitator to understand the content and context as country teams are really dynamic as observed from the Ghana team.

As a process facilitator, I believe the country team has to understand things like how to move forward and do things together. What I leant is that the process facilitator is combining three things coaching, mentoring and where necessary training. The CAADP process facilitator must know the context and the content and also know the deliverables. There are milestones that have to be archived in the CAADP process.

There is need for one to provide an enabling environment for the country teams to have those strong lobbying skills. There is also need for country teams to be strengthened in order for them to manage and coordinate the CAADP process as they are not the only ones coordinating the process as stakeholders.

In my contributions, I shared attributes of a good facilitator. One of them being a good listener and also ensure that whatever one is writing up is very legible and can be seen. There is also need for the facilitator to stimulate the different participants in the team to speak up on the issues.

One needs to be good at documenting what is happening in the CAADP process facilitation. The other thing shared was the fact that in terms of getting to implementations we need to be mindful of lessons learnt on other programs.

I have learnt being able to distinguish amongst the tools whether it is mentoring, couching or training in process facilitation. My ability has been greatly improved. Taking them individually I have done coaching before and mentoring and I now understand how to do it better than before.

I think the other thing I can say is that, I now realize that learning more about the CAADP process is so important but not only do it as a working session here but continue on my own in agriculture. The other thing that is rising out of this is the emphasis on CAADP as a process. This has been important.

As we go along, I hope we can have a review of the process when we start working with country teams. There is also need to utilize important social media tools like facebook, twitter and blogs in the CAADP process of sharing and letting others learn about information.

Dan Omino, Strategy Monitoring and Evaluation performance NGT Consultant

I needed to go through a session of internalizing the CAADP process among people who are peers and also with the representation of the NEPAD Agency, and COMESA.

Participating in the working session was also an opportunity to meet with the Ghana country team which took us through process facilitation as capacity building was directed on country teams.

Being here has actually refined my learning of the CAADP Guide and the presentation by the NEPAD Agency helped me incorporate learning points and the issues of focusing on the quality of the process with the quality of the Guide.

Our roles are basically to help facilitate the CAADP process at the national level. My skills have been enhanced by refining my approach on what I target to achieve and that will answer my questions.

I would want to share the fact that the CAADP Guide so far has worked well. But there is need to do some more work on it. It should be very pronounced on the expected results. It is necessary that we start incorporating indicators of success. As we are developing the human capital at the end of the whole process we will need to develop the indicators.

Joe Taabazuing, Development Consultant

So far I have a better understanding of what CAADP is and what is expected of us as process facilitators.

The one thing I would like to go home with is to work on the values and institutional practices. I feel it is not enough to just provide skills to a group of people but it is also important engage them so that they can appreciate and see things differently. Just giving people the skills is a danger as there is need for them to change their attitudes.

Colletah Chitsike, Adult Educationist ICRASA

I now have a bit of clarity on the CAADP process but it is not very clear. When we talk about capacity building, it is to the whole of Africa. In terms of performance with country teams it is to provide process facilitation. What I find lacking is result oriented capacity. As the process is going along, there should be some time boundaries.

I am also getting a bit scared when I hear that countries are different from each other in terms of culture and the way governments are run.

The whole process facilitation is very important. I have also recognized that gender is always pushed aside and taken on a lighter note. This should go beyond figures and trickle down into content and also involve effective women who are clear about gender issues. It is even more strengthened when men talk about gender issues. It is unacceptable to talk about process facilitation without a gender lens.

I think there is still need for clarity in terms of roles and responsibilities of process facilitators. I also feel that when we were asked to talk about our contributions, the discussion was taking us away from process facilitation. I feel there should be a specific injection on process facilitation and planning.

Behavioral pre-request such as communication, participatory methodology, application of principles of managing diversity, use of languages with simple words being inter changed like experts and consultants, I really hope we will come up with clear directions with what is expected.

Clemence Chiduwa, Institute for Capacity development

I have learnt that the issue of diversity in terms of the implementation of the CAADP program is not a one size fits all approach.

What I would like to carry home is the cascading of the implementation of the CAADP program from the country team down to the people who are on the ground. At the end of the day we want to make a difference to people in poverty and those insecure from the top to the lower level.

Generally, I would say I benefited from the program and now I understand the objectives of the program and the guiding pillars and these should assist me as one of the process facilitators to come up with clear cut intervention measures.

For us as process facilitators we are there to provide the skills. We need to do a skills gap analysis when we go back our countries. Our interventions then are going to be based on the skills deficit. As for me my area is in modeling and economics and if that is the area which is need by the country team I will gladly provide the service.

Ranga Taruvinga, Management Consultant-Land use rural development/environment

So far I have understood the CAADP process and I know where we fit it as process facilitators. I know that the CAADP process is still an ongoing one. I am still not clear in my mind on the interface between our services and our clients.

There are so many interventions people are engaging in different aspects. The opportunity is there but I am not too sure what the engagement is going to be like. I am hoping to hear specifically how we are going to be engaged and participate in the process in a formal manner. We start process facilitation in given country and roll that out.

The things I indicated in my expectations are unfolding for example: facilitation of the workshop is going on well although I feel it is spread over a long a time.

The question of opportunity and costs matters. People are participating and this is good and healthy. I think the issue of diversity of cultures, systems and process in different countries is good. What we need is maturity, higher level of understanding, skills accountability to be able to facilitate a process. The people who are here are competent enough.

CAADP-I am hopeful it will work and my contribution will make a difference to the process.

I have not seen much of ACCRA so I hope I can see it. I think the future workshops should be held during working days as weekends are family time.

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