Today, the CAADP is as important as it was in 2003. The evidence so far indicates that success is possible. But inclusive growth as advocated under CAADP is a long-term process. It requires significant budget allocations over time, appropriate policies, and strong political leadership. Those are the pillars of the Malabo Declaration, and the key to the agricultural transformation of Africa.
AUTHOR’S PERSONAL STORY
I was born in Bushenyi district, in Western Uganda. My family had about thirty heads of cattle and a small coffee plantation. As was typical, I helped my mother to fetch water for cooking and my father to graze and water the cattle. Less typical was the fact that my parents encouraged and supported me to start school at an early age despite their meager resources. In my earlier schooling, I learned practical farming skills that I put to use on the family banana plantation. At university, I read agricultural economics, which helped me appreciate the role of agriculture in economic development. The international faculty often made reference to the role of agriculture systems in the development of their own countries. My first post focused on strengthening the capacity of cooperatives to support farmers. Later, as commissioner for planning and development in the Ministry of Agriculture in Uganda, I was responsible for the development and implementation of policies, programs and projects towards modernization of agriculture in the country. And now, as the African Union commissioner for rural economy and agriculture, I am convinced that agriculture matters.
Tumusiime Rhoda Peace is the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture for the African Union