Introduction (to C.A.I.P, Cross-Africa Irrigation Project), C.A.I.P.’s Vision and Objectives (concerning the Cross-Africa Irrigation Project), FOLLOW-UP of change in Opinions and Discussions AND CONCLUSION of the Analysis of a change in Opinions and Discussions, concerning The Topic of All-inclusive Irrigation of Africa, Issue of Comprehensive Water-Supply of Africa, conform C.A.I.P’s Vision & Objectives.
A. Concerning Key Documents per April / May 2018:
Key Document The Constitutive Act of the African Union and Key Document Overview of Agenda 2063 imply all statements as commitments to irrigation of Africa as well. HOWEVER, THE AFRICAN UNION HAS NO VISION FOR IRRIGATION OF AFRICA!! Whilst the Cross-Africa Irrigation Project / Organization HAS a C.A.I.P.’s Vision & Objectives AND makes an Issue of Comprehensive Irrigation for Africa. Consequently, the African Union does NOT prioritize to secure the food supply for their OWN (African) people! Priority is here rather securing investments from foreign sources! The African people miss the chance to get jobs in the agriculture and irrigation!
Key Document The African Union Commission’s Third Strategic Plan 2014-2017 includes 3 key areas (of the 8) which are in particular relevant in the field of irrigation.
Key Documents (Decisions and Declarations of the Assembly) from 1963-Current April 27, 2018) concerning irrigation: 8 in 2016, one in 2017 and one in January 2018. Inclusive the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth And Transformation for Shared Prosperity And Improved Livelihoods. 9 (IX) Commitments (November 26, 2014). Those statistics suggest that the focus on irrigation in the political (A.U.)sphere has dwindled. However the African Heads of State founded the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), at the 18th Summit of the African Heads of State and Government in January 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Performance on the commitments set out in the malabo Declaration: a recent report revealed that only 20 of the 47 Member States that reported are on track towards achieving the commitments. a reporting system with a score-card might be of a help.
Concerning Policies & Policymakers on irrigation in Africa, April / May 201i8:
Policies: are set out in the Introduction, art. 3 (Objecties) and 4 (Principles):
Policymakers on Irrigation in Africa:
1 The African Minister’s Council on Water,
2. the U.N. Economic and Social Council for Africa,
3. STC (Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment), p. 60 A.U. Handbook 2018,
4. the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Johannesburg Action Plan, 2016-2018); FOCAC was created in 2000. In the Preamble NO reference is made to the malpractice of Chinese workers / Supervisors in the Mining-industry in the Western Region of Ghana (Tarkwa), the very year that this forum was reaffirmed!! Again, at the detriment of the People of Africa! A caution to evaluate the partnership with China at least on yearly bais. Clearly the African Union did not take my advice in October 2015: in January this year accusing China of espionage with computers in the A.U. buiding financed by China!! It is NO coincidence that when the A.U. was constituted by Constitutive Act in 2000, the same year China looked for ‘cooperation’ with the A.U. The very old strategy of keeping your competitors or enemies closer than your friends.
Concerning Scientific / Political Studies on Irrigation in Africa, April / May 2018:
Of all studies mentioned:
1. UN Economic and Social Council Background paper on the subtheme ‘Clean water and sanitation.’
2. NEPAD-2017 Country Performances Reporting format on Malabo (Eng)
3. The Study on Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA),
4. The Overview of the PIDA Study Synthesis 2018 website, is the paramount one:
Summary: with statistical analysis, and upper-bound scenario applied, where irrigation accounts for 100% of the increase in food requirements, the gap between food production-demand would be filled by rain-fed agriculture and international imports. Under the scenario ‘business as usual’ irrigation-development and medium population growth, the irrigated cereal production will be about 67 million tons (against 34 million tons in 2005) in 2040. Then cereal requirements will be 319 million tons (against 192 million tons in 2005). The scientists in this study proposed the solution, to
1. complement cereal deficit with rainfed agriculture or cereal imparts. My comment: cereal imports from China?: thank you!! Question: against what kind of costs??? Too expensive!
2. intensify food production, requiring the ‘right balance’ between rainfed and irrigated agriculture by expanding irrigated areas, increasing irrigation efficiency (alleged example: drip systems) increasing the yield of stressed river basins and weighing the possibility of interbasin water transfer. My comment: expansion of irrigated areas AND interbasin water transfer has been explained in the System of the Proposal for a Cross-Africa Irrigation Project / Organization, c.q. African E.P.A. The water to be delivered by the African Continent surrounding seas and oceans!
HOW CAN THE CROSS-AFRICA IRRIGATION PROJECT / ORGANIZATION CONTRIBUTE TO:
1. BRIDGE THE WATER STRESS GAPS IN AFRICA, REPORTED IN THE PIDA PHASE III STUDY (2012), AND
2. IMPROVE THE COUNTRY PERFORMANCE WITH AATC REPORTING (AS REPORTED): The report revealed that only 20 of the 47 Member States that reported are on track towards achieving the commitments set out in the Malabo Declaration (score-card max. 10).
1. The Barrier: The System suggested in the Malabo Declaration, June 2014. The A.U. uses mainly a Financial Contribution method. Which is partially complemented with ‘Compensations’ from the A.U. treasury (with external resources): a VERY COSTLY, each year recurring, financing system. According to the PIDA study, promoted by the Heads of State in January 2012, Addis Ababa. An annual investment of USD 93 billion would be required for Africa to meet its infrastructure needs.
A Possible Solution-method: A Feasibility Study by the World Bank will be necessary to show that the yearly budget for the Cross-Africa Irrigation Project WILL BE FAR LESS THAN THOSE COMPUTED BY THE FORMER STUDIES AND MORE ACCOMMODATIVE (WITH A DIRECT BENEFIT) FOR THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA! THIS, OF COURSE UNDER CONDITION THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE WORLD BANK (DR. JIM YONG KIM) IS IMPARTIAL IN HIS JUDGMENT…
WHY ?? IF DR. JIM YONG KIM COMMUNICATES WITH CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ON ALL THE PROBLEMS IN CHINESE-AFRICAN RELATIONS I SIGNALLED. AND IF DR. JIM YONG KIM IS A CHINESE NATIONAL, I NEED AN IMPARTIAL ADVICE ON MY REQUEST FOR A FEASIBILITY STUDY CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL FOR A CROSS-AFRICA IRRIGATION PROJECT / ORGANIZATION, C.Q. AFRICAN E.P.A. THIS, TO AVOID APPEARANCE OF BIAS, A RULE OF LAW!
2. My address to the African Union: accept the Proposal of a Cross-Africa Irrigation Project / Organization, c.q. African E.P.A. and let’s work together, in order to solve Africa’s irrigation problems! Method: such as set out in the Proposal for a Cross-Africa Irrigation Project / Organization, c.q. African E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency), October 2015
AGAIN: WAKE UP, AFRICA!
LIST OF REFERENCE
A. About Irrigation in the Structure of the African Union website & Policies and Policymakers on irrigation in Africa April 2018 :
1. African Union website au.int.Structure,
2. African Union policies and policymakers in 2018 on irrigation
B. Irrigation-relevant Inventory of Events and Documents / Reports of African (incl. NEPAD and PIDA Study) Union and U.N. Economic Commission of Africa, period 2017-2018:
1. African Union 2017 Annual Report by Executive Council, 32nd Ordinary Session, 22-26 January 2018, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
3. Decisions and Declarations ASSEMBLY OF THE UNION 28-29 January 2018 Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
4. Decisions Executive Council AU 25-26 Jan, 2018
5. Introductory Note Chairperson Commission to 2017 Annual Report
6. UN Economic and Social Council Background paper on the subtheme clean_water_and_sanitation_en
7. NEPAD- 2017_country_performances_reporting_format_on_malabo_eng
8. PIDA Study Synthesis 2018
C. Main Documents of A.U. and UNECA period 2016 – 2018:
1. Documents of African Union period 2016 – 2018,
2. Documents of the UN Economic Commission Africa 2016 -2018
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