Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) ex-pillar IV is funded by the European Union, as part of the European Commission’s support to Africa’s Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) under the DeSIRA initiative. The programme and funds are managed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome Italy, while the project is implemented by AFAAS, ASARECA, CCARDESA, CORAF and FARA.

The ultimate beneficiaries of this program are resource poor and smallholder farmers, rural youth and women entrepreneurs, and pastoralists as well as the marginalized and vulnerable communities in African countries.

The Programme outputs are five.

These are:

Output 1: Strengthened Capacity of African regional AR&D Organizations to perform their individual mandates and to better work together.

Output 2: Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Innovation established and in operation.

Output 3: Policies in support of climate relevant agriculture and food systems transformation formulated, investments increased, advocacy and market linkages strengthened.

Output 4: Knowledge Management & Communication for decision support, sharing innovation and advocacy related to climate relevant agriculture transformation; and

Output 5: Effective Planning, Coordination, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning & Reporting.

The expected outcome of the program is improved effectiveness of African countries’ public policies and investments in agricultural research and extension services, and technology development, and for climate change adaptation and mitigation of agriculture and food systems. The impact will be climate-relevant, productive, and sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems in low and middle-income countries in Africa, and contribution to the achievement of four SDG Targets; 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 2a and 13.2.