Sep 22, 2017 Last Updated 2:37 PM, Apr 10, 2017

NEPAD Presents Success Stories To AU Ambassadors At The UN

  • Dec 20, 2014
Published in National

The NEPAD Agency has made significant impact in the last decade, through social and economic transformation in Africa. NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa’s Development) which is the African Union’s development coordinating entity has been showcasing some of these achievements to the group of African Ambassadors at the United Nations Permanent Observer Mission in New York.

 

Among the key highlights is the establishment of African Plant Breeding Academy in Nairobi, Kenya which uses latest scientific equipment and techniques to genetically sequence the genes of 100 traditional African food crops, for more robust produce with higher nutritional content.

NEPAD has effectively promoted home grown school feeding programmes in 5 countries, with particular success in Botswana where the Agency has been working the Word Food Programme, the Government and other child development partnerships. In this case home grown feeding schemes ensure that smallholder farmers are included in the process. This in line with NEPAD’s vision for nationally owned sustainable programmes aimed at improving nutrition and health of children as well as the food security of these farmers, many of whom are women.

In Uganda NEPAD, through its Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) projects that by 2016 at least 100 000 farmers will be equipped with agriculture and food risk mitigation tools, agro-market information and other essential information on storage and post-harvest management and social safety nets.

Human capacity development has also been enhanced through the establishment of an agriculture education training knowledge hub at continental level with institutional reforms at 10 tertiary agriculture education and vocational training schools for youth and farmers in six countries; while in Science and Technology 35 countries are now capable of collecting and analyzing data on science, technology and innovation at the national level.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Mayaki explained to the more 30 Ambassadors that solutions to African optimal challenges can be achieved better at regional rather than national level. NEPAD works with Regional Economic Communities and international development partners to support implementation of regional programmes and projects, which have had a spill-over effect at national level.

Dr Mayaki, who is also interim CEO of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), mentioned challenges such as the governance of natural resources and the management of taxes by multi-lateral bodies as major factors in that could enable good governance in Africa.
The Agency also marked its annual NEPAD Week at the UN General Assembly. This involved various addresses to UN Agencies and diplomats, bilateral meetings, the launch of flagship publications, media engagements and a lecture to international relations and politics student at Columbia University.

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