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2010 CAADP Day Held in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso

July 22, 2010

From CAADP:  The 2010 CAADP Day was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso with a call for the review of the Maputo Declaration regarding budgetary commitments of agriculture by including a date on which countries should have allocated at least 10% of their national budgets to agriculture. This call was made by Laurent Sedogo, the agriculture minister of Burkina Faso while opening the CAADP Day.

 “There is need to review the Maputo Declaration by including a time frame in which countries should have increased their budget,” minister Sedogo said. He added that Burkina Faso already commits 15% of their national budget to agriculture which has helped them increase production of crops such as rice to more than 50% in 2009 of the 2008 figures. Burkina Faso will be signing the CAADP compacts within the next few days.

 The CAADP Day with the theme of “Post-Compact CAADP implementation; the African private sector and investments in agriculture” aimed at widening the political space and investment climate for CAADP to agriculture by paying particular attention to the role of the private sector as well as showcasing the work of CAADP. The CAADP Day took place during the ongoing Agriculture and Science Week organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

Access a communique on the event here.

Find more news from CAADP on the event here, here and here.

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