Martin Bwalya on the AU Joint Ministers of Agriculture Conference

2 June 2014. Video interview with Mr. Martin Bwalya – Head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in the NEPAD Agency – on the AU Joint Ministers of Agriculture Conference (28 April-2 May 2014).  (Related PAEPARD blog post: AU Joint Conference of Ministers of Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries and Aquaculture

What are the main drivers for change for CAADP, the framework for African agriculture development?

See the full transcript of this video presentation

After ten years in existence of CAADP, Martin Bwalya elaborates on the proceedings from the Joint AU Ministers of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development that the AUC hosted in Ethiopia beginning of May.

  • Next to achievements and appreciation for multisectoralism, he sees the need to incorporate resilience aspects into future endeavours and comments on criticism that had been voiced in Addis about the overall approach to developing African agriculture. 
  • Martin speaks of many decades in which African agriculture had been viewed solely as a development sector rather than a business which could create wealth; one that had been in constant need of public support and never realised a viable strategy to take a footing on.

The interview was conducted in collaboration with ECDPM.

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