What is CAADP?

CAADP is an acronym for Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme. It was endorsed by African Heads of State and Governments in Maputo, Mozambique in 2003. They agreed to commit at least 10% of the national budgets to agriculture and attain an average growth rate of 6% with the specific aim of reducing poverty and hunger by 50% by 2015.


CAADP aims at achieving and sustaining a higher path of economic growth through agriculture-led development on the African continent.

In Zambia, CAADP implementation is intended to support and strengthen the implementation of National Development Plans such as the SNDP. The CAADP process in Zambia was launched in 2006. The CAADP process in Zambia has been participatory and inclusive of key stake holder groups including the Zambia National Famers’ Union (ZNFU),  private sector, agricultural research institutions, the Academia, Civil society groups and development partners.

What is the relationship between the National Agricultural Policy (NAP) and the CAADP Compact?

CAADP is not a programme on its own, but a strategic framework that was agreed upon by NEPAD Heads of State to guide agricultural development on the African continent. It is not meant to replace the NAP but to detail programmes and projects that the various stakeholders can buy into and that address the national priorities.  The CAADP has been aligned with the NAP to ensure that it is consistent with the Country’s policy on agriculture.


What are the Four Pillars of CAADP?

CAADP is anchored on the following four pillars for agricultural development:

  • Pillar I: Sustainable land and water management;
  • Pillar II: Improving Rural infrastructure and markets;
  • Pillar III: Increasing food supply & reducing hunger; and
  • Pillar IV: Agriculture research, technology dissemination and adoption.

What is the Strategic Focus for the Zambia CAADP?

According to the Country CAADP Compact, broad Programmes for implementation under CAADP in Zambia include:

i)     Agricultural productivity improvement;

ii)    Sustainable land  and water management;

iii)   Agricultural marketing development;

iv)   Agricultural investment promotion;

v)   Food and nutrition security; and

vi)  Research and extension enhancement.

Where is Zambia in the CAADP Implementation process?

In 2011, Zambia became the eighth Member State of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the 24th country in Africa to sign the CAADP Country Compact on 18th January, 2011.

The Zambia CAADP Compact was signed on behalf of the Government of Zambia by:

                          (a)  The Minister of Finance and National Planning;

                          (b)  The Minister of Agriculture and Co-operatives; and

                          (c)  The Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development.

The Zambia CAADP Compact was also signed by high-level representation on behalf of the following organizations:

                          (a)  The African Union (AU);

                          (b)  NEPAD Secretariat;

                          (c)  COMESA Secretariat;

                          (d)  ZNFU;

                          (e)  The Private Sector; and

                          (f)   The Civil Society.

Following the signing of the COMPACT, Zambia embarked on the process of formulating the detailed CAADP investment plan. The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock launched the investment planning process on 26th July, 2012. The National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) has now been finalized and was launched by the Republican Vice President His Honour Guy Scott at High-Level Business meeting that took place on 30th May 2013.

What was the purpose the High-level Business Meeting?

The main purpose of the High-Level Business Meeting was to mobilize financial and technical support for the priority investment programmes which are outlined in the NAIP. Financial commitments and pledges from Government, Donors, COMESA, and other partners were made during the Meeting.

What is the Cost of implementing the NAIP?

The cost for implementing the National Agricultural Investment Plan over the next five years (2014-2018), is us$ 2.7 billion, equivalent to ZMW 13.6 billion. At the current levels of planned financial support to the sector by government and other partners, there is an estimated financing gap of approximately US$ 605.23 million or ZMW2.978 billion over the next five years. This represents an enormous challenge in implementing the Plan.


NAIP Budget (ZMW Million) by Programme, year and financier 2014 - 2018

Mobilization of Financial Resources.

Financial resources to meet the cost of implementing the NAIP will come from the Government allocation, cooperating partners and other stakeholders in the sector.  Zambia may also seek financial assistance from Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP).

When will Zambia start implementing the NAIP of the CAADP?

The implementation of the NAIP of the CAADP will start in 1914.


For further information contact:

The Director

Policy and Planning Department

4th Floor

Mulungushi House

P.O. Box 50197


Tel: +260 211 256532

Telefax: +260 211 253520


Or CAADP Focal Point Person (Derrick Sikombe)

Policy and Planning Department

4th Floor

Mulungushi House

P.O. Box 50197


Tel: +260 211 256532

Telefax: +260 211 253520



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