The 17th CAADP PP: Context, theme, and Sub-Themes

The overall context in which this event is being planned is marked by three major processes. The first one is the just ended United Nations Food System Summit, where Africa as a unique player, has seized the opportunity to elevate the Malabo agenda into the global arena by articulating a common position. During the Summit, not only has Africa reaffirmed what it stands for with regard to building its food system, it has explicitly outlined key messages on food systems to world.

Message 1: Africa welcomes the opportunity and momentum presented in the United Nations (UN) Secretary General call for a global UN Food Systems Summit. It is for Africa, collectively as well as at individual member states level, to critically examine current development pathways and associated policy and investment choices in the pursuit of Agendas 2063 and 2030. The cross-cutting nature of food systems on the 20 goals of Agenda 2063 and 17 goals of the SDGs makes this compelling. The advent of COVID-19 only goes to emphasize the urgency and imperativeness that it can’t be business as usual.

Message 2: In line with Africa’s own integrated national-regional-continental model in delivering sustainable economic growth and development impact, the continent has, additional to national dialogues and national level commitments, undertaken to develop the Africa level Common Position on Food Systems. Both national dialogues and Africa Common Position puts spotlight on issues of IMPLEMENTATION.

It is in this light, that following key messages specifically highlight issues to augment and accelerate implementation. Through Agenda 2063 as well as other policy frameworks, including CAADP-Malabo and the Africa Regional Nutrition Strategy (2015-2025), Africa has already identified some key targets important in realising resilient and inclusive food systems.

Message 3: Finally, important to conclude by highlighting that, through Agenda 2063 and CAADP-Malabo implementation structures, Africa has systemic mechanisms which will be enhanced to accelerate implementation of commitments specific to the food systems. The Africa Common Position on Food Systems implementation mechanism seeks to provide vertical and horizontal coherence as well as strong national ownership and drive of implementation. We look forward to all the partners to align and supportively work with the AUC and AUDA-NEPAD and RECs in this renewed undertaking.

The second process in the ongoing cycle of the Third Biennial Review Reporting on the progress in the implementation of the Malabo Declaration on “Accelerated Africa Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods” ((ref.: Doc. Assembly/AU/2(XXIII)) that was adopted by the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in June 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP).

Lastly, the upcoming 4th Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment, is currently under preparation to hold in December 2021. The meeting will among others consider the 3rd CAADP BR report and the 2022-2025 CAADP Malabo Business Plan.


The Malabo Policy Learning Event (MAPLE)

The Malabo Policy Learning Event (MAPLE) is an annual policy dialogue convened by the Africa Union and its partners designed to bring together technical networks, country-level policy practitioners and leaders to discuss important agricultural policy topics, share learning and generate actions that can drive the Malabo Agenda.

The MAPLE 2021 is set to take place just before the 17th CAADP Partnership Platform. This year’s event will be held a few months before the adoption of the third Biennial Review report by the AU Summit.. The MAPLE will also be taking place against the backdrop of year-long dialogue processes in the lead up to the Food Systems Summit (September 2021). Furthermore, the MAPLE is being organized just as the Africa Union and Regional Economic Communities are reflecting on and finalizing a new CAADP business plan to guide implementation during the rest of the Malabo Declaration period (2022-2025)

One of the critical topics that has emerged in the course of all these processes is how to make policy processes and outcomes more inclusive and resilient. Furthermore, there has been increasing desire to shift focus from planning, dialogue and consensus building to implementation.. It is against this backdrop that the theme of the MAPLE 2021 will be “Lessons for implementing Inclusive and Resilient Food Systems Policies”

This theme is aligned to the 17th CAADP Partnership Platform theme and aims to support the continuity of conversations on the Five Action Tracks of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) 2021 dialogues at sub-national, national, regional, continental, and global levels.

High-level Objectives of the MAPLE

  1. To share lessons and experiences on the review, design and implementation of Malabo-compliant National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIPS).

  1. To highlight how inclusion and resilience have and can been integrated in Food Security programming in the context of Malabo implementation.

  1. To review and learn from different policy implementation approaches and tools

  1. To identify key actions that if implemented at National, Regional and Continental levels, will accelerate the implementation of the CAADP agenda