On 21st September 2015, the Republic of Madagascar signed the Charter Establishing the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA). The signing ceremony took place in the capital city of Madagascar Antananarivo. During the signing ceremony, the government of Madagascar was represented by the Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Roland Ravatomanga, while CCARDESA was represented by the Programmes and Grants Manager, Dr. Simon Mwale. By signing the Charter, Madagascar joined the rest of the SADC Member States which already signed the CCARDESA Charter.
The Charter provides Member States with a framework of cooperation among the SADC countries with regard to agricultural research and development. With full support from SADC Member States, CCARDESA has a responsibility to lead the region in addressing food insecurity in the face of common problems of poverty, unemployment, land degradation, recurring draughts and low agricultural productivity and cross cutting issues like HIV AIDS, gender and climate change.
During the signing ceremony the Honourable Minister expressed the commitment of Madagascar toward working closely with the CCARDESA Secretariat as well as developing close collaboration with other countries in the region. He also expressed confidence that the signing of the Charter would only be the beginning a partnerships that would contribute to his Ministry’s goal of alleviating hunger and food insecurity in Madagascar.
In response, Dr Mwale assured the Honourable Minister that CCARDESA, as an entity born out of SADC Member States initiative, would work hard to deliver on the mandate for which it was established.