Africa re-endorses agriculture transformation

CYNTHIA MWALE, Kampala, Uganda
THE 13th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Partnership Platform (CAADP PP) ended on Friday with an accord for member states to uphold and account to the Malabo Declaration, as the African Union Commission (AUC) equips relevant ministries with informed decisions.

Under the Malabo Declaration, African Union (AU) member states agreed on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihood.
“We have discussed and agreed on the processes for conducting the biennial review and the agriculture transformation scorecard that will be presented at the Summit of the heads of State and Government in January 2018.
“I call upon each and every one to rally your support to member states to enable them produce high quality reports that AU will use to compile the continental reports,” AUC – Rural Economy and Agriculture commissioner Josefa Sacko said.
Mrs Sacko said putting in place strong and evidence-based agricultural investment plans, which are developed in an inclusive process and serviced by strong institutions is fundamental for governments while striving to invest 10 percent of the their annual budgets to generate inclusive growth.
The just-ended meeting, which attracted over 350 participants drawn from 55 member states, development partners, CAADP Non-State Actors and various stakeholders, was themed, `Strengthening Mutual Accountability to Achieve CAADP-Malabo Goals and Targets’.
She also stressed the need for a conducive environment for the private sector, which is key in driving agricultural transformation.
“Governments in an inclusive process are indeed required to undertake the necessary policy and regulatory reforms that allows both domestic and foreign investment to flow into the sector,” Mrs Sacko said.
Earlier, a representative of development partners, Beth Durford committed to supporting Africa in agricultural transformation to create jobs and wealth for the well-being of the livelihoods.
The AUC has come up with programmatic approach to support the seven CAADP-Malabo Declaration namely recommitiment to principles and values of the CAADP process, enhancing investment finance in agriculture and ending hunger in Africa by 2025.
Other areas include halving poverty by 2025 through inclusive agricultural growth and transformation; boosting intra-African trade in agricultural commodities and service; enhancing resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate variability and other related risks; and strengthening mutual accountability to actions and results.


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