n Journal of African Union Studies - Achieving the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme's goal of food security : what roles can cooperatives play?

Volume 4 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme is a flagship programme of the New Partnership for Africa's Development aimed at fast tracking the growth of Africa's agricultural sector. One of its priority areas of action is reducing food insecurity on the continent. The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, coupled with other initiatives across the continent, has contributed to reducing food insecurity. Despite the achievement, food insecurity continues to be a persistent issue. With an estimated 20% of the population categorised as undernourished, Africa continent is the region with highest percentage of undernourishment. In this paper, I examine contributory factors to continued food insecurity in Africa and how these can be addressed. The paper proposes that prioritising agricultural cooperatives in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme will put agriculture in Africa on the path of rapid growth resulting in improved food security.

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