Policy-Led Agricultural Transformation: The Past, Present and Future of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
Join us for an Agrilinks Policy Month webinar in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA), and USAID, as we delve into a crucial discussion on the role of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) within the framework of USAID’s Feed the Future (FTF) strategy. This event holds particular significance as we approach the culmination of the Malabo Declaration in two years—a pivotal moment for reflecting on achievements and setting priorities for the post-Malabo Agenda until 2025.
Our webinar aims to illuminate the pivotal role of CAADP in shaping USAID/FTF programming and strengthening the enduring partnership between USAID and AU institutions. We'll examine the accomplishments, hurdles, and prospects derived from two decades of CAADP implementation. This comprehensive overview will encompass a continental perspective, regional insights, and highlight the experiences of key country-level partners in their concerted efforts to enhance agricultural policy outcomes through CAADP.
Through this collaborative discourse, we aspire to raise awareness among USAID staff and implementing partners about the integral connection between CAADP and the FTF strategy, fostering a deeper understanding of its strategic significance. Moreover, this platform will facilitate discussions to identify opportunities for enhanced collaboration between USAID and CAADP in navigating the Post-Malabo agenda, emphasizing collective efforts towards sustainable agricultural transformation in Africa. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights, share experiences, and chart a collaborative course towards a resilient agricultural future for the continent.
Mrs Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong
Director of Agriculture, Food Security and Environmental Sustainability
African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
Mrs Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong is the Director of Agriculture, Food Security and Environmental Sustainability at the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD). She received award of recognition from the Government of Egypt in February 2020, for her support to Africa’s development and women empowerment.
In May 2014 and July 2016, Mrs Fotabong received Honorary Awards from the Governments of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Republic of Cameroon respectively, for her passion, dedication and leadership towards advancing equality and empowerment of African women. She also received special recognition in 2015 by Top Women in Business & Government (a leading corporate publication in Africa); acknowledging her work as one of the Top women in Agriculture Policy on the continent.
Before her appointment as Director at the AUDA-NEPAD, Mrs Fotabong was the UNEP Country Liaison Officer for South Africa and the Senior Environment and Tourism Adviser to the NEPAD Secretariat.
She has a Master’s Degree in Law and another Master’s Degree in International Affairs, specialising in International Policy and Practice. Mrs Fotabong has co-authored several publications relating to Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental Law and Development Policies.
Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa
Director of Agriculture and Rural Development
African Union Commission
Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa is the Director of the Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development of the African Union Commission based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Directorate works with AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other partners to boost rural economic development and agricultural sector development by supporting the adoption of strategies, policies and programmes on agriculture and rural development.
Before joining the African Union, Dr. Bahiigwa was the Head of IFPRI’s Eastern and Southern Africa Office (ESAO) and ReSAKSS Africawide Coordinator based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to joining IFPRI he was the Director of Uganda’s Plan for Modernization of Agriculture (PMA) Secretariat under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. He served as the ReSAKSS Coordinator for Eastern and Central Africa based at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. He also worked with Uganda’s Economic Policy Research Center for eight years as a Senior Research Fellow, focusing on agricultural policy research and linking it to government policy and strategy formulation.
Dr. Bahiigwa holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia (USA); a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota (USA); and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Makerere University, Uganda.
USAID Policy LINK Project
Robert is the Regional Director for the USAID Policy LINK project based in East Africa. He is a multi-skilled development economist, researcher, data analyst and facilitator with more than 16 years’ experience designing and implementing development projects in Africa. Most recently, Robert has been supporting National, Regional, and Continental Actors through agricultural policy processes, including close collaboration with the African Union Commission in the design and implementation of the
At Policy LINK, Robert manages collaborative development programs aimed at strengthening inclusive policy systems, building leadership and sustaining adaptive learning.
Deputy Assistant Administrator
USAID Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security
Mia Beers serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security and is also the USAID Resilience Coordinator. She oversees the strategic direction and implementation of the Bureau’s work around policy and analysis, resilience, country support, strategic engagement and communications, in support of the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, along with other key REFS lines of effort.
Ms. Beers has a 30-year career in the international humanitarian and development sector and is a member of the Senior Executive Service. She previously helped build USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, where she established the Office of Global Policy, Partnership, Programs and Communications and coordinated key strategies around humanitarian policy; emergency classification levels; early recovery, risk reduction and resilience; and localization. Over the last decade at USAID, she headed a division of 150 staff in six locations around the world, focused on global policy, multilateral engagement, system leadership, local capacity strengthening, interagency coordination and training, public-private engagement, and strategic communications. She managed an extensive global program portfolio; designed new international initiatives to empower senior field leaders as well as the next generation of humanitarian leaders; created strategic partnerships with various think tanks and multilateral organizations; created mentoring programs and spearheaded new foreign service national and DEIA initiatives.
Ms. Beers was posted overseas for over fourteen years working on humanitarian crises across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. While with USAID, Ms. Beers led multiple large interagency Disaster Assistance Response Teams responding to complex crises and natural disasters around the world, as well as Response Management Teams for Libya and Burma. Ms. Beers worked for USAID’s regional office in East Africa managing development and humanitarian programs and for a NGO based in Somalia, coordinating capacity strengthening and multi-sectoral programs for local organizations. She has also worked for several non-profits on democracy and citizenship initiatives.
Ms. Beers has previously served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Groups of numerous overseas organizations in her personal capacity. Ms. Beers holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and a MPA from American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program. She is a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI Program and the Foreign Service Institute’s National Security Executive Leadership Seminar. Ms. Beers has won numerous honor awards for her work overseas, including the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America group medal for her work on the U.S. Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team. She often serves as guest lecturer at various universities on leadership and policy issues.
Director of Partnerships
Francine has worked for 15 years across the African continent, advising parliamentarians, regional economic commissions, public institutions and farmers organisations on food, agriculture, land, climate change, gender equality, and regional integration. She co-founded the Shamba Centre to help raise the political commitment to ending hunger and closing the gender gap, while providing a voice and space for vulnerable communities in decision making.
Before co-founding the Shamba Centre, Francine was a Senior Policy Advisor and Partnerships Lead at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
She managed capacity building programmes for the Pan African Parliament and served as an adviser to the Africa Forum (an organisation of former African heads of state) on regional integration. She also participated in the creation of the Ecowas Network of Parliamentarians on Gender Equality and Investments in Agriculture and Food Security, which aims to improve food security and nutrition in West Africa.
Francine holds an MA in Legal and Political Anthropology from La Sorbonne University, an LLM in European and International Law from L'Université Paris Descartes, and a diploma in African Studies from the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales. Francine was born and grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has lived and worked in South Africa and France.
CAADP Program Lead
USAID Policy LINK
Edwin Odhiambo is a Development expert with over 20 years of experience in value chain development, institutional capacity strengthening and policy systems strengthening. He has long term experience in project planning & management in community development, livelihood improvement, poverty reduction, relief and emergency, food security, market systems, value chain, trade and economic development projects with focus on agricultural production and marketing, business development, organization development, strategic management, environmental management (agroforestry), building resilience, micro financing and HIV & AIDS and gender mainstreaming, institutional strengthening, trade and policy facilitation.
Edwin is currently the CAADP Program Lead in USAID Policy LINK, a program that supports policy systems strengthening, where he coordinates Policy LINK's support to implement the CAADP Agenda. Previously Edwin worked as East Africa Program Lead and Technical Program Director for USAID Africa Lead and Policy LINK respectively. Before joining DAI Edwin Worked with Technoserve as a Business Advisor, and Country Program Manager for a Dairy Program in Kenya and Tanzania.
Edwin has Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies, Masters in Organization Development and BSc in Agriculture and Human Ecology Extension.