Rwanda Wins 2020 Malabo Declaration Award

Rwanda Wins 2020 Malabo Declaration Award

Rwanda has emerged the
best overall performing country in implementing the 2014 Malabo Declaration of
the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

The latest report by
the African Union Commission (AUC), which was presented at the AU General
Assembly on February 10, 2020, has indicated that Rwanda’s performance improved
from 6.1 in 2017 to 7.2 in 2019 against the benchmark of 6.6 out of 10 marks.

The benchmark is the
minimum score for a country to be qualified as being on track in implementing
the CAADP Malabo Declaration.

CAADP is Africa’s
policy framework for agriculture and agriculture-led development since 2003
that aims at reducing poverty and increasing food security and nutrition on the
continent.

The 2014 Malabo
Declaration is a commitment to the CAADP principles adopted by AU Heads of
State and Government to provide effective leadership for the attainment of
specific goals by the year 2025, including ending hunger, tripling
intra-African trade in agricultural goods and services, enhancing resilience of
livelihoods and production systems, and ensuring that agriculture contributes
significantly to poverty reduction.     

During the first
biennial review of the CAADP programme in 2017, Rwanda was also the best
overall performing country. The African Union Member States’ performance is
presented in a form of a “Country Scorecard in implementing the Malabo
Commitments” by 2025 for improved livelihoods and shared prosperity for African
citizens.

The Minister of
Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, has said that
implementing CAADP is well in line with Rwanda’s development agenda.

“We welcome Rwanda’s
performance as a testimony to the government’s efforts in honouring the
continental commitments and improving the lives of Rwandans through
implementing comprehensive agriculture development policies and programmes,”
she said.

Rwanda’s continental
recognition for the second time in a row has come more than a year since the
country launched its fourth Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation (PSTA
4) aiming at moving the agriculture sector from subsistence to a market-led
sector contributing to exports and jobs creation.

PSTA4 is strategically
aligned with National, Continental, and International agricultural development
agenda, including CAADP.