The 15th CAADP PP meeting will convene from 11th to 14th June 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The theme chosen for the 15th edition of the CAADP PP is centred on “Enhancing Trade and Market Access for Accelerated Agriculture Transformation”. The theme
is chosen in the context of the Africa Continental Free.
Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) that was adopted in Kigali in March 2018 by the African Union Assembly. Indeed, this theme has been chosen because of the role that intraAfrican trade in agriculture can (and should) play in driving economic growth; but also, the significant challenges involved. In 2015, African countries spent about US$63 billion on food imports, largely from outside the continent.
The modelling work by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) projects that intra-African trade in agricultural products will be between 20% and 30% higher in 2040
with the AfCFTA in place which would then generate state revenue, increase farmer income and expand both farmer and country capacity to invest in modernizing the sector through processing and mechanization. Despite the current affairs marked by the signing of the African Union Treaty last year, the immense potential of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area has not yet been fully analysed and clarified for agriculture.
The 15th CAADP PP will, therefore, present African countries and their development and technical partners with the opportunity to reflect together, share best practices and identify
strategies and policies to foster integration, enhanced market access and intra-regional trade in agricultural commodities and services