Semi Arid Food Grains Research and Development

01 B.P. 1783, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Tel:  (226) 25 30-60-71 / 25 31-15-98
Fax: (226  25-31-15-86 / 25-30-82-46

African Union Headquarters

P.O. Box 3243
Roosvelt Street (Old Airport Area)
W21K19, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00
Fax: (251) 11 551 78 44


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AU SAFGRAD stands for African Union Semi-Arid Food Grain Research And Development.

In response to the recurrent droughts, the virtual lack of appropriate and economically feasible technologies to improve agricultural production in semi-arid agro-ecosystems and the food security crisis in 1970s, the Heads of African States and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) established SAFGRAD in 1977 (based on Resolution 505 XXIX adopted by the Council of Ministers).

AUC- African Union Commission

DREA- Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture at the AUC headquatered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

CAADP- Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme

CAADP is the agricultural programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), which in turn is a programme of the African Union (AU). Established by the AU assembly in 2003, CAADP focuses on improving food security, nutrition, and increasing incomes in Africa’s largely farming based economies. It aims to do this by raising agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year and increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of national budgets per year.

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