African countries have been urged to domesticate the 2014 Malabo commitments if the continent is to benefit from its agricultural potential and develop holistically. The call has been made by the honorable Mbairobe GABRIEL Minister of agriculture and rural development in the Republic of Cameroon.

“We know that our countries committed to the comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), during the Malabo, however, many of us have not domesticated the commitments,. The recent biennial review reports clearly indicate that we need to do more as a continent to get African agriculture where we want it to be. I urge African to quickly rethink and domesticate our commitments.” Said, Gabriele

 The minister adds that Africa continues to face challenges of food security because of its failure to keep its promises.

“the current food issue, we can’t blame Ukraine and Russia for our problems, but our programs and plans are sufficient to offer solutions that can keep Africa food secure, hunger-free and also promote intra-africa trade.” Adds the minister of agriculture.

The Minister made the remarks while officiating the opening of the ongoing African Biennial review critical analysis workshop being convened held in Yaoundé Cameroon. The Minister further said the BR report was an important asset that would help African countries to self-examine their potential to address issues of food security in Africa.

Republic of Cameroon Agriculture Minister Hon. Mbairobe Gabriel (Center) poses for a photo with African Union Commission Director Dr. Godfrey Bahigwa(R) and Dr Jean Gerald director IAPAC after the official opening of the critical analysis workshop in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Dr Bahigwa Godfrey Director of Agriculture and rural development at the department of agriculture and rural development, sustainable environment, and blue economy at the African Union Commission said the critical analysis meeting aims at improving the quality of indicators that capture national information but also to see what indicators may be needed given the current economic trends.

“We are not saying the current biennial review indicators are not good, but we realized with the current trends, there has been a wide gap of data sectors that need to be captured to inform the BR report.”  adds Dr Bahigwa

The third Biennial Review report was endorsed and released in February 2022, the report is developed out of a two-year process and captures indicators that track agriculture development per country. This is aligned with the African countries’ commitments to the Malabo commitments towards achieving the comprehensive African agriculture development Programme targets.  The report was launched in march 2022.

Dr Simplice Noula Fonkou the Head of Agriculture and food security directorate of agriculture and rural development said the objective of the workshop is to refine indicators to enable a smooth process of the next review process to capture information without leaving anyone behind.

Dr Simplice Naoula

The critical analysis workshop will help gather ideas from a wide gap of experts drawn from different countries and sectors all geared towards having a more deeply comprehensive report come 2023, we are not reinventing the will but capturing anything that will support data collection and data quality.” Dr Simplice Naoula.

 African Governments adopted in 2014 the Malabo Declaration which constitutes a re-commitment to the CAADP principles and goals adopted earlier in 2003.

 the Malabo Declaration introduced a commitment to Mutual Accountability for the actions and results, which calls AU Members State to embark on conducting a Biennial Agricultural Review Process that involves the tracking, monitoring, and reporting on the implementation progress of agriculture in Africa; The African union commission and NEPAD-AUDA have so far released three reports.

The CAADP biennial Review reports are a self-assessment tool that helps African union commission member states to be accountable to their commitments.

Sara Osia program officer at the African Union agency for livestock development (AU-IBAR) says the process of having a critical analysis was good as more indicators needed to be integrated to capture critical sectors like livestock. She says AU-IBAR believes that the continental livestock sector’s potential in informing development was something that can’t be underscored and is key in informing the BR process.