The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) is a Sub-regional Organisation (SRO) which was established by SADC Member States to coordinate the implementation of agricultural research and development (R&D) in the SADC region. CCARDESA is a subsidiary of the SADC secretariat. Its goal is to sustainably reduce the food insecurity and poverty in the region as pronounced in SADC’s Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), the Dar es Salaam declaration on food security, and the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) developed by the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU-NEPAD). It operates within the framework of CAADP Pillar 4 which has the objective of enhancing the livelihoods of African farmers and pastoralists. The strategic objective of CCARDESA is to increase smallholder productivity and competitiveness through the implementation of Pillar 4 of CAADP for the SADC region based on the Framework for African Agricultural Productivity (FAAP).
CCARDESA is intended to address agricultural R&D issues in the SADC region by:
Coordinating implementation of regional agricultural R&D programmes;
Facilitating collaboration among stakeholders of the national agricultural research systems (NARS);
Promoting public – private partnerships in regional agricultural R&D; and
Improving agricultural technology generation, dissemination and adoption in the region through collective efforts, training and capacity building.
The CCARDESA governance structure comprises four tiers, namely:
The Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security in the SADC member states,
A General Assembly of agricultural stakeholders,
A Board of Directors, and
Board of Directors
The first Board of Directors was appointed in July 2011 following the signing of the Charter establishing CCARDESA by the Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security. The current Board comprises the following voting members from the public and private sectors.