Leading Agricultural Innovation in West and Central Africa



The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) is a Pan-African led policy framework. African Heads of State first adopted it in Maputo, Mozambique in 2003. It seeks to sustainably transform Africa’s agricultural, create wealth, food and nutrition security, economic growth and prosperity for all.

CAADP seeks to drive Africa’s development by eliminating hunger, reducing poverty and food insecurity thereby opening the way for an expansion of exports and put the continent on higher economic growth.


In 2012, stakeholders acknowledged that CAADP vision was just as valid as it was in 2003. Under the “Sustaining CAADP Momentum,” actors in Africa have parameters to benchmark advancements in agricultural performance while at the same time reinforcing a culture of results-based programming. The revised CAADP 2015-2025 framework calls on countries to commit at least 10 percent of their annual national budgets to agriculture.

CAADP is anchored on four pillars. Pillar 4 focuses on research and dissemination of science and technology innovation. This pillar is premised on the fact that research and development should trigger a 12 percent growth in agriculture in member countries in the next ten years.


The implementation arrangements of CAADP hinges on Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of Africa. In West and Central Africa. four RECs are central to this process. They include Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC).


As the technical arm of these four regional institutions, it is therefore CORAF main mandate to contribute to the implementation of pillar 4 of CAADP.


The revised 2018-2027 long-term strategy of CORAF allows it to carry out this mandate better. By focusing on increasing the use of appropriate technologies and innovations, access to markets, trade, and strengthening regional institutions, CORAF expects the lasting transformation of the agriculture industry as sought by CAADP.

Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme

Although continental in scope, CAADP exists through integrated national and regional efforts to promote agricultural sector growth and economic development.