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FAO Stands By Africa in War Against Hunger and Poverty

dasilvaJosé Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has vowed to stand by Africa in the fight against poverty, hunger and malnutrition. The Director-General made these remarks in his welcome address to Ministers and Dignitaries to the Twenty-Ninth Session of the Africa Regional Conference, held at the beginning of April in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.

Hailing Africa’s  impressive progress in reducing hunger, José Graziano da Silva called for an accelerated pace towards achieving the Malabo Declaration’s target of zero hunger by 2025. In his own organisation, different regional sub-groups of the Continent came up with key activities towards the same challenge.

Central Africa identified three priority areas and related activities towards zero hunger namely: the  development of innovative value chains in all agricultural sectors including forestry; supporting sustainable development of natural resources; and strengthening rural households resilience to shocks and crises.

polliFive key areas and related actions identified for East Africa include: promoting sustainable use and management of natural resources to address the root causes and impact of drought and climate change; facilitating agricultural transformation through mechanisation and technological innovation, taking advantage of the youth dividend; increasing agricultural production, productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries sectors; supporting the design and revision of sub-regional policies and frameworks; and providing technical support for the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience Sustainability Initiative and the CAADP regional investment plan.

While Southern Africa priorities were similar to those of the first two regions, the sub-region however added sustainable management of natural resources, including land and water; enhanced value addition and improved market access and trade; increased investment in agriculture and access to finance by smallholders; and improved food and nutrition  security to its priority actions aimed at zero hunger for the sub-region.

Similarly West Africa shared some of the priorities identified by other sub-regions but added  four other strategic priority areas and related actions namely: regional integration; the adoption of sustainable intensification routes, adapted to the diversity of ecosystems and the needs of local and national communities; promotion of value chains and development of aquaculture.

large_AfricaReiterating his resolve to stand side by side with the Continent in the fight against hunger and poverty, José Graziano da Silva, appealed to Continental leaders to stem conflict which is part of the downward and mutually reinforcing spiral of hunger, poverty and conflict.