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Nigeria Has Underperformed On Implementation Of CAADP/Malabo Commitments – Stakeholders

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Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have disclosed that Nigeria has underperformed on the implementation of her Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)/ Malabo commitments.

This was disclosed during the NSAs orientation workshop on agricultural policy instruments organised by National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) with the support of Trust Africa.

CAADP aims at stimulating and facilitating increased agricultural performance through improvements in policy and institutional environments, access to improved technologies and information, and increased investment financing. In furtherance of the implementation of the CAADP commitments, CAADP Results Framework was developed, for tracking, assessing and reporting progress made under the AU Malabo Declaration.

A communiqué issued at the end of the workshop signed by the secretariat president, NANTS, Ken Ukaoha, said that the country scored only 3.4 out of the required minimum threshold of 3.9 points of the maximum 10 points benchmark in the recently concluded Biennial Review process.

It averred that specific indicators showing Nigeria’s poor performance: low hunger and nutrition political commitment Index, low capacity to execute regular planning and M&E, poor institutionalization of mutual accountability mechanism (progress towards meeting the Malabo target is rather slow judging by the 44.4 percent attained compared with the 2018 target of 100 percent).

It also identified, ‘’problematic access to land, inputs and finance, declining growth rate in crops, weak performance of the livestock and fishery sector, food price volatility, and food and nutrition insecurity, etc.’’

The communiqué also called on government and stakeholders to channel efforts and mobilize actions towards improving these themes for the country to scale through the doldrums.

It commended the modest achievements of the Federal Government of Nigeria with regard to:

‘’The conduct of a Joint Sector Review (JSR) and the formulation of second generation of the National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP-2), the constitution of a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee and a workshop for the JSR NAIP and the Biennial Review process, organisation of the Steering Committee’s inaugural meeting.”

The communiqué also commended the planned partnership between the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the Office of the Vice-President on the federal government’s N-Power Initiative geared towards training 100,000 young graduates in the country as agricultural extension workers under the National Social Investment Programme.

It also hailed efforts towards the establishment of one-stop Agricultural Extension Service Delivery Centres’ in the 774 local government areas of the country for effective agricultural extension services delivery.


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