Cabo Verde is an archipelagic, dry country with erratic rains, intense soil erosion, little arable land and a high dependence on food imports. These characteristics present several risks for the country’s agricultural sector. In view of the on-going PARM process in the country, major risk affecting agricultural activities were identified as including the lack of rain, pests on crops, drought, animal disease, land degradation and market information risks. Following the risk assessment and prioritization phase, the Government is collaborating with PARM secretariat to identify robust ARM tools for investment and integration into the country’s agricultural development strategy.
Parm Phases Status
April 2015 - NEPAD Preliminary Mission
A first NEPAD mission to Cabo Verde took place in April 2015 to launch the PARM setting-up phase and establish primary contacts with the government and national stakeholders.
February 2016 - Official Expression of Interest from the Government
The Government of Cabo Verde sent a letter to formalize the country’s interest and to confirm the Government’s decision to commit to the PARM process. A CAADP focal point was nominated by the Ministry of Agriculture.
March 2016 - Development of ToR for Risk Assessment Study
The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Risk Assessment was developed. Experts/consultants to conduct the RAS were identified and contracted by the PARM team in close collaboration with NEPAD.
July 2016 - Capacity Development Seminar
PARM organised a first Capacity DevelopSeminar in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and NEPAD on 13 July 2016. The seminar introduced national stakeholders from government agencies, farmers organizations and private sector to the holistic approach to Agricultural Risk Management, the PARM’s risk assessment methodology, and an overview of ARM tools.
July 2016 - Risk Assessment Workshop
A National Stakeholder Workshop took place on 14-15 July 2016. PARM organized this workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and NEPAD. It aimed to present and discuss findings from the drafted Risk Assessment Study report and identify priority risks and potential ARM tools.
March 2017 - Finalization and Validation of the RAS
After the incorporation of relevant comments from partners, including the Government of Cabo Verde and NEPAD, the RAS report was recognized and validated as the key document mapping out the risks affecting agriculture sector. From this date, the report served as the baseline for analysis of ARM tools.
September 2017 - Kick off of the Feasibility Study
Finalization of the selection process for experts to conduct the feasibility study on access to rural finance by farmer organization and linkage to local markets.
May 2018 - High Level Dissemination Workshop
The results of the feasibility study on access to rural finance by farmer organization and linkage to local markets were disseminated during the High-Level Dissemination Workshop in Praia on the 10th of May 2018. A strong commitment was expressed by the MoA of Cabo Verde.
May 2018 - Training on ARM Tools (CD3)
A one-day CD3 training activity (i.e. training on how to use the tools) was organized back to back to the High-Level Dissemination Workshop and delivered on the 9th of May 2018.