The SUDNAIP will play an important role in the development plans so it is important to read this document carefully
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The year 2003 witnessed the signing, by African Heads of State and Government, of the Maputo Declaration, which launched the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme; (CAADP) as a NEPAD vision for restoration of growth, food security and rural development in Africa.
The main goal of the CAADP is to help African countries reach a higher path of economic growth through agriculturally-led development which eliminates hunger, reduces poverty and food insecurity, and enables expansion of exports5.The CAADP framework reflects a set of key principles and targets identified as:
- Agriculture-led growth as the main strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of Poverty Reduction.
- Allocation of 10 percent of national budgets to the agricultural sector
- Pursuit of a 6percentaverage annual agriculture sector growth at the national level.
- Exploitation of regional complementarities and cooperation to boost growth.
-Policy efficiency, dialogue, review and accountability shared by all NEPAD programs.
- Partnerships and alliances to include producers, agribusiness and civil society communities.
- Assigning the role and responsibility of programme implementation to individual countries, those of coordination to designated regional economic communities, and those of facilitation to the NEPAD Secretariat.
On the basis of these principles, the CAADP process at the country level envisions building upon on-going country efforts led by national governments and other stakeholders. In general, the country CAADP process is initially built on sustainable and demand-driven agricultural growth to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods.
The CAADP is a strategic framework to guide country development efforts and partnerships in the agricultural sector. It directs investment to four mutually reinforcing and interlinked pillars, each with a framework that guides policy alignment and suggests actions for countries to consider in designing their CAADP Compacts, policy alignment, programme design, investments and post-compact monitoring and evaluation. These pillars are:
- Pillar I: Framework for Sustainable Land and Water Management to extend the area under sustainable land management and reliable water control systems;
- Pillar II: Framework for Improving Market Access to invest and enhance rural infrastructure and trade-related capacities for market access;
- Pillar III: Framework for African Food Security (FAFS) seeks to improve risk management, increase food supply, improve incomes for the poor and reduce hunger and malnutrition; and
- Pillar IV: Framework for African Agricultural Productivity (FAAP) seeks to improve agricultural research, technology dissemination and adoption through strengthened agricultural knowledge systems to deliver profitable and sustainable technologies that are widely adopted by farmers resulting in sustained agricultural growth.
The Sudan CAADP process dates back to 2006 with the preparation of the National Medium-Term Investment Plan (NMTIP) and the development of Bankable Investment Project Profiles (BIPPs) with FAO assistance. In 2007/2008, the respective roles of NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and COMESA were clarified. COMESA was given the responsibility of supporting Sudan. Consequently, a Letter of Engagement was sent to COMESA in 2008 and an orientation launching workshop was held in March 2008. Background studies were carried out during the pre-Compact phase between 2008 and 2012including a “stocktaking document”, undertaken with financial assistance from COMESA. The Compact was subsequently signed on 30 July 2013. It draws mostly on the priorities and pillars of the Agricultural Revival Programme (ARP) covering the period 2008-2011.
In August2014, the Sudan started the process of preparing the National Agricultural Investment Plan (SUDNAIP) with assistance from FAO (TCIA and FAOSD) under a TCP arrangement, which included the recruitment of national consultants to lead the technical support to the preparation of SUDNAIP.
Further preparatory steps were taken by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, including:
- The designation of a National Steering Committee (NSC) chaired by the Minister of Agriculture and Forests to supervise the preparation of the plan. This Committee consisted of 52 members representing all concerned parties;
- The establishment of a Core Technical Committee (CTC) which consisted of 13 members responsible for facilitating the SDNAIP preparations and ensuring the alignment of the SUDNAIP with the national strategies and policies;
- The formation of10sub-sectoraltechnical committees consisting of 250 members representing all stakeholders in the public and private sectors, NGOs, producer organizations and national experts. Each of the ten Subgroups was chaired by a member of the CTC.
The overall domain of the SUDNAIP was based on the five objectives and nine indicators of success pursued in the ARP and the CAADP four pillars. The Thematic Groups and the CTC proposed seven Investment Programme Areas (IPAs) approved by the National Steering Committee (NSC) and further elaborated into a SUDNAIP framework by the national consultants. Each programme area has been disaggregated into sub-programmes and components. The SUDNAIP is oriented in line with the following reference documents and strategic priorities:
- The Quarter Century Strategic Plan (2007-2032);
- The Executive Programme for Agriculture Revival (2008-2011);
- The Three -Year Crash Programme (2011-2013);
- The Three- Year Economic Programme (2012-2014);
- The Five -Year Programme for Economic Reform (2015-2019);
- Reports and guidelines of CAADP.
- The technical reports of the ten sub-sectoral groups after review and endorsement by the CTC.
- The recently endorsed Comprehensive National Food and Nutrition Security Policies prepared in June 2014