Journal of
Development and Agricultural Economics

  • Abbreviation: J. Dev. Agric. Econ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9774
  • DOI: 10.5897/JDAE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 553

Full Length Research Paper

Agricultural investment, growth and poverty reduction: What will be the outcomes of the comprehensive Africa agricultural development program in Guinea-Bissau?

CABRAL François Joseph
Faculty of Economics and Management (FASEG), University Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), Senegal.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 29 June 2011
  •  Published: 12 January 2012


Promoted under the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the objective of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP) is to increase the pace of agricultural growth in order to reduce poverty by half under the first goal of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. In this paper, we assess the expected effects of the CAADP on growth and poverty in Guinea-Bissau. Simulations are performed based on a dynamic general equilibrium model. The results reveal that Guinea Bissau would not achieve the first MDG goal by 2015 even under the assumption of an implementation of CAADP. Only a sustained implementation of CAADP on a longer time framework and a deliberate policy of increased agricultural productivity would allow policy makers to set the economy on a path of growth that will allow the halving of poverty by 2020.


Key words: Agriculture, growth, poverty, public investment.