The importance of the AADP can scarcely be under estimated in view of developments currently under way in Africa. We can for example refer to the SADC Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State held on 23 October 2006, foreseeing the launching of the Free Trade Area (FTA) by 2008 and a Customs Union by 2010. Furthermore, the recent meeting of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) in Algeria (2007) confirmed that NEPAD constitutes a “philosophical framework, a vision and mission for Africa”. They further conclude that “Implementation of NEPAD must focus on countries and regions, …..done through (a) Countries (b) Regional Economic Communities (REC’s) (c) Development Institutions (d) bilateral and Multilateral organizations”.

South Africa is considered by the EC as an “anchor country” with a specific responsibility in the region. If we add to that the sophistication of the agricultural sector in this country, and its export prowess, our responsibility must be a bias for pro-action in this regard.

The implications of these developments are wide-ranging, and place a special responsibility on South Africa as one of the economic leaders in Africa.

It is clear that this program as well as future actions in this regard in other, mainly SADC countries, requires the dedicated attention of an experienced team to initiate and facilitate programs, write project proposals, motivate funding and assist with implementation issues. Therefore a small and dedicated team will engage in the AADP in terms of the framework set out below, in the role of a Program Management Unit (PMU). This unit will pave the way for a comprehensive action orientated program to enhance South Africa’s expected role in the agricultural renaissance that must ensure food security for all Southern Africa’s peoples.

This approach is also in line with the National Department of Agriculture (DAFF), national priorities as foreseen in the DAFF’s international strategy, as well as the intent of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDA) to become involved in knowledge transfer to African countries. SPEAR has been contracted to play a central role in the execution of practical projects for the DAFF in the AADP.
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Recognition as a leading contributor to NEPAD through the advancement of the African Agricultural Development Program (AADP) of the South African Government.


A significant contributor to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) in our target countries through wealth creation as well as fighting poverty and hunger by means of agricultural development in Africa
    To facilitate Agricultural development in Southern African countries.
    To contribute to efficiency in South African provincial trade capabilities through the PROTEA programme.
    To execute programmes and projects as required by the African Agricultural Development Programme (AADP) of the South   
    African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) as first priority.
    To act as coordinator for the JADAFA (Joint Agri-business and Department of Agriculture Forum for Africa) programme
    of the DAFF.
    To incorporate additional top class expertise as we expand our activities.
    To expand our activities by offering our services to South African Provincial Governments.
    To build the corporation brand and image through effective communication and marketing activities.
    Scope of Activities

SPEAR  CC is a corporation specializing in agricultural development in Africa and is contracted by Government Departments to execute projects in this regard to support the NEPAD initiative of the African Union (AU), and the African Agricultural Development Programme (AADP) of the South African Government’s National Department of Agriculture,Forestry and Fisheries as well as programmes in this regard for individual Provinces. Special Programme Management Units (PMU’s) manage  projects in mainly SADC countries like Mozambique,Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Namibia.
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