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African Union Calls for Transformation of African Agriculture

macchina agricolturaThe African Union Commission (AUC) has hailed the great effort that FAO has put into supporting the development of Africa’s agriculture in line with the Continent’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).  Speaking at the recently concluded FAO Africa Regional Conference in Abidjan, Ms Rhoda Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture underscored the excellent support FAO provided for the renewed partnership to end hunger in Africa. Thanks to this technical support, the AU was able to  frame the Malabo aspiration of achieving zero hunger in Africa by 2025.

Referring the Conference to the Africa’s own Agenda 2063, Ms Tumusiime emphasized that  although the African target to achieve the zero hunger commitment is five years shorter than the global target of 2030 under the SDGs, the two processes are strongly aligned to each other. She reiterated AU’s first aspiration of Agenda 2063 for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development; noting that agricultural transformation is the key to the realisation of this growth and development.

Africa-tea-harvestAfrica’s Agenda 2063’s is the Continental aspiration for a modern and productive agriculture, using science, technology, innovation and indigenous knowledge. In this pan-African vision, no longer is  agriculture saddled with laborious drudgery suffered by farmers in the crops sector, for example, because the handhoe will be banished by 2025. Banishing the handhoe and other archaic technology in livestock and fisheries as in the crops sector, will make African agriculture modern, profitable and attractive to the Continent’s youth.