Improving food security, nutrition, and incomes in Africa's largely agrarian economies are the interlinked goals of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). Established as part of NEPAD, CAADP was endorsed by the African Union Assembly in July 2003.
Agricultural growth is essential to the wider development of Africa for a number of reasons including:
- Agricultural growth contributes more than any other sector to overall income growth in rural areas, where the bulk of the poor and vulnerable live and work.
- Agricultural growth contributes to growth in other sectors of the economy by creating demand for goods and services that are produced outside of the sector.
- Agricultural growth reduces overall poverty, hunger, and malnutrition by raising the supply of food while improving access to it through higher incomes in the rural and other sectors of the economy.
The ECOWAS Ministerial Committee has identified SWAps and other programmatic approaches as the preferred way of taking the development of agriculture forwards.
As part of that process IMM was commissioned by FAO to produce a manual on SWAps to help build a wider understanding of ther use. This manual presents SWAp as a relevant tool for Africa’s agricultural sector development. It highlights SWAp opportunities for programs development within the agriculture sector, and the implementation of these programs through strong and meaningful partnerships between government, donors, and civil society and the private sector. Moreover, this handbook links SWAp to the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) process and explains how CAADP can provide a foundation for increased investment in the agriculture sector in line with the growth objective for the sector.