African ministers of agriculture on Thursday met at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the 2nd Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment.

The ministers’ session, which was preceded by the experts meeting, is expected to among others assess the progress in the implementation of the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agriculture, Growth and Transformation and its commitments towards curbing hunger and poverty.

Under the theme: “Enhancing environmental and agricultural transformation to achieve food and nutrition security in advancing Agenda 2063,” the meeting is also expected to consider and adopt documents and reports on agriculture, rural development and environment.

In her opening remarks, Josefa Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, noted that the meeting happened at a critical moment when on average over 70 percent of Africa’s youth live on less than 2 U.S. dollars a day.

It happened when the African continent faces several forms of social unrest, conflicts, migration crises, and terrorist activities in several member states involving youth who are unemployed, she said.

The commissioner reiterated that African food security has been affected by external shocks, especially climate change, pests and diseases including the Fall Armyworm reported in 30 AU member states.

She stated that the STC meeting offers opportunity to revisit developmental commitments, to propose sound technical options and policy actions towards transforming the continent.

“This meeting will assess among other important subjects, the progress in the implementation of the Malabo declaration,” she said.

Speaking on the occasion, Dejene Habesha from the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, called for joint efforts towards successful implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and other commitments for agricultural transformation on the continent.

“Since the adoption of CAADP in 2003, CAADP has been the central focus for the efforts of African governments, the AU, the NEPAD, to accelerate the agriculture-led economic growth and poverty alleviation,” said the representative. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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