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Thursday, September 8, 2016

ACORD boss, Ngum tasks CAADP Non-State Actors on mindset

The Executive Director of the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development, (ACORD), Mr. Ousainou Ngum, has tasked the leadership of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Non-State Actors Coalition (CNC) to change their current mindset so as to reap the potentials in CAADP, reports NaijaAgroNet.

In a keynote to the session, at the ongoing African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2016) on "Accelerating Africa’s Rise: Maximizing Non-State Actors’ Potential for Results and Impact, Mr. Ngum said that if the desire of CNC is to make real impact, it must open its arms to welcoming new people and concepts especially at this era of technology.

This, he said, includes exploration of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools that have become people-oriented such as social media and platforms like What’sApp.

He stressed that exploiting the likes of What’sApp, for instance, the horizon for CNC will be larger and hence become more acceptable and inclusiveness to its membership and even potential members.

Ngum told the session moderated by the Executive Director, Local Development Research Institute (LDRI), Mr. Muchiri Nyaggah, and included panelists like One Campiaign representative to the African Union (AU) and East Africa, Dorine Nininahazwe, Deputy Regional Director at Oxfam, Ms Dedo Mate-Kodjo, deputy chairman of CNC, Mr. Cris Muyunda, chief executive officer of East Africa Farmers Federation, Mr. Stephen Muchiri and chairman, Leveraging Excellence in Agricultural Development, Ambassador Philip Idro, CNS has to develop a new framework with clear deliverables.

CNC, he also pointed out should ensure the involvement of all regional organizations and work around making certain that CAADP is a success.

“Civil society should talk beyond themselves and work on the youth too,” he declared, stressing that the need for change in mindset will open up lots of other opportunities, especially by working closely with the African Union Commission (AUC).

On the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mr. Ngum said, the Coalition must ensure no one is left behind by delving into the 17 goals, explaining that the latest SDGs is about the world and not just about the rich and poor or those who have and havenots.

“We can only do that by reaching out,” he declared.

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Pix: Mr. Ngum speaking.

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