Africa Agriculture Transformation Scorecard: Performance and Lessons for East African Community
Joseph Karugia, Regional Coordinator ReSAKSS-ECA
ReSAKSS Issue Note
Beginning 2016, the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) implemented consultative actions and technical partner engagements that culminated in a set of reporting tools for the first BR. An agreement reached with the leadership of the AUC was to evaluate the progress made by individual member states using balanced scorecard methods, to come up with an African Agriculture Transformation Scorecard (AATS). The seven (7) Malabo Commitments were translated into seven (7) thematic areas of performance: (i) Re-committing to the Principles and Values of the CAADP Process; (ii) Enhancing investment finance in agriculture; (iii) Ending Hunger in Africa by 2025; (iv) Reducing poverty by half, by 2025, through inclusive agricultural growth and transformation; (v) Boosting intra-African trade in agricultural commodities and services; (vi) Enhancing resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate variability and other related risks; and (vii) Strengthening mutual accountability to actions and results. In the 2017 BR Report, twenty-two (23) performance categories and forty-three (43) indicators were defined, for the seven (7) thematic areas of performance aligned to the commitments to evaluate country performance in achieving agricultural growth and transformation goals in Africa. Forty-seven (47) out of 55 Member States submitted their validated national reports to their respective Regional Economic Communities (RECs) including five EAC partner states namely; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.