The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, CAADP  Team Leader, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, at the African Union Commission,  Ernest Ruzindaza,  has said that the  Biennial Review Reporting Tools put in place to strengthen national and regional institutional capacity for agriculture data generation and knowledge management.

Speaking at the training  of African Union, AU member- states on how to report on the progress made in the Malabo Declaration  in Accra, Ghana, Ruzindaza noted that the reporting system also aimed at fostering  alignment, harmonisation and coordination among multi-sectoral efforts in all Africa member-states.

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The Malabo Declaration was a result of a special session of the African Union that took place in 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea which  aimed at transforming  agriculture on the continent for both economic and livelihood gains.

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The AUC was tasked to conduct a review on a biennial basis, the progress achieved by its member-states in securing their CAADP and Malabo Declaration commitments.

A country-led inclusive data collection, data analysis and reporting process built on 43 indicators of the seven Malabo thematic areas together with the instruments was conducted. And to monitor the progress and challenges in implementing the Malabo Declaration, a reporting system called Biennial Review was put in place.

Ruzindaza added  that reporting system will not only support improved evidence-based planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and learning; but also set basis and paths for triggering continental action programmes to collectively drive agriculture transformation in Africa.

The five-day meeting  focused on  training  AU member-states on the new CAADP Biennial Review Technical Guidelines; on the new online Data Entry Tool of the “e-BR” and to agree on the Coordination Mechanism and Continental Roadmap for submitting the second Biennial Report to the AU Assembly in January 2020.

The findings and recommendations of the Biennial Report allow AU leaders to appreciate the amount of efforts required to strive towards the set targets for 2025 in the Malabo Declaration, and then endorse the appropriate collective actions to accelerate agricultural growth and transformation.

Every two years, the report highlights the inclusive nature of the process and methodological approach that was used to collect and analyse data and develop the report.

Furthermore, the report also presents the key findings at continental and regional levels, the detailed profiles and scorecards of individual countries, and sets of recommendations for individual countries, regional bodies and continental institutions.

Also speaking at the  meeting, Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture chief director,  Robert Patrick Ankobeah,  said the inaugural biennial report was awakening for Ghana.

Mr Ankobeah said the inaugural biennial review has helped Ghana focus and see key results in the agriculture sector.

“Ghana is now prioritising agriculture sector and the sector has grown to unprecedented levels leading to the flagship programme aimed at growth in food and jobs through the agriculture sector,” Mr Ankobeah said. Ghana’s flagship programme, Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), seeks to create food security and produce the raw material to feed the agro-processing industries while creating jobs in the process.

“There has been an unprecedented infusion of public resources into agriculture never before experienced in Ghana or anywhere else in Africa,” he said. Mr Ankobeah said there is some light at the end of the tunnel because Africa has come together and that in itself gives hope that Africa will make it.

Dr. Amare Ayalew, Program Manager, the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), said the  importance of the  training and workshops was not only to assess and measure the extent of agricultural progress in African States, but also the opportunity to share the food safety index.

He said  they will continue to work with governments to create awareness on the need to rid the food systems of Aflatoxin.

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