Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program launched in Sao Tome and Principe

9 February 2012

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 9 Feb – The launch of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) in Sao Tome and Principe is intended to prepare an agricultural investment plan for the archipelago, a programme representative said in Sao Tome Wednesday.

Joel Beassen, a representative of the CAADP noted that the launch would “bring together all the players in this sector (agriculture), namely members of parliament, the government and cooperatives,” so that the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) can prepare an agricultural investment plan for Sao Tome and Principe”.

The CAADP, which was approved by the African Union and adopted by consensus in 2003 in Maputo by the African nations, is implemented in the ECCAS countries and funded by the World Bank.

Sao Tome and Principe is the sixth country in the Central Africa sub-region where the programme has been implemented, following Chad, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Burundi.

“The aim is to allow agriculture to become a bigger driver of national development in each of the States of the Central Africa sub-region,” said Beassen, cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The official launch of the programme will be followed by a meeting to prepare the CAADP Pact and a convention which, on a national level, should be signed by the government and all the players involved in the different agricultural sectors. (macauhub)

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