Regional leaders last month committed to ending hunger by 2025 with the signing of the Malabo Declaration at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government last month.
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“Accelerated growth is essential if Africans at all levels are to achieve their aspirations for prosperity,” said AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a statement.
“It is time for heads of state to put agriculture at the top of national development agendas and lead the way on a sure path to development for their people. Prosperity is within reach – it’s in our hands.”
Dlamini warned that while the collective pledge by leaders was important, it was now time to move beyond words and for Africa’s political leadership to act.
AU commissioner for rural economy and agriculture Rhoda Tumusiime noted that public and private sector investment in agriculture was essential for development.
“A strong agricultural sector will provide employment and generate economic growth which means jobs and incomes for Africans,” said Tumusiime.
African leaders committed to new priorities, strategies and concrete targets around agriculture-led growth to achieve food and nutrition security for shared prosperity for their people.
Regional leaders also committed to building on the positive growth performance of many agricultural sectors in recent years.
According to the AU, the new targets will push governments to move faster in creating a policy and infrastructure environment in which agriculture can thrive and generate income opportunities at all levels.
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Leaders also recommitted to the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) process.
Through CAADP, the African Union will drive and measure progress so that countries, and their leaders, are held accountable for results.
The CAADP declaration committed African leaders to a systematic regular review process, using the CAADP Results Framework.