Conference Summary: Agricultural Successes for the Greater Horn of Africa
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NEPAD. 2005. Conference Summary: Agricultural Successes for the Greater Horn of Africa. NEPAD, Pretoria, South Africa
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This conference focused on three principal objectives: a) summarizing key opportunities and challenges for agriculture in the Greater Horn of Africa; b) identifying key successes in expanding African agriculture and improving food security...
A. Objectives This conference focused on three principal objectives: a summarizing key opportunities and challenges for agriculture in the Greater Horn of Africa; b)intifying key successes in expanding African agriculture and improving food security with significant potential for replication and upscaling in the region; c)identifying key opportunities for accelerating agricultural growth and improving food security in the region and develop actions plants for their realization. B. Content Thematically, the conference focused on one major topic each day (Table 9) The first day concentrated on regional trade issues in order to explore ways in which more fluid cross-border flows might enhance farmer incentives and food security in the region. The second day focused on commodity successes, from within as well as outside the Greater Horn. Working in four case study clusters, participants aimed to summarize key lessons learned about ingredients necessary for sustained agricultural growth. They focused, in particular, on promising technologies with significant regional spillover effects. The third day involved a review of community-based successes, instances where local collective action has succeeded in improving agricultural production and livelihoods while maintaining sustainability of the natural resource base. On the final day, participants pulled together key findings from the prior three days of deliberation in order to identify what they see as the top opportunities for stimulating agricultural growth and improving food security in the region. Moving forward after the conference, the NEPAD secretariat aims to identify coalitions of partners willing to translate these strategic opportunities into action. As an immediate step in this direction, NEPAD, ASARECA and COMESA representatives at the Nairobi conference were mandated to take these conference findings to the CAADP regional implementation workshop in Dar es Salaam in January 2005.