Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 October 2010

African Ministers to review Africa’s agricultural development




African Ministers to review Africa’s agricultural development



LILONGWE, Malawi, October 22, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Invitation to the representatives of the media


WHAT:            Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture (CAMA)


THEME:        “Delivering on Africa’s Agriculture Development Agenda”


WHEN:                    The Conference will be organized in two sessions: 

AU Member States Experts meeting

26-27 October 2010

AU Ministerial meeting

28-29 October 2010


WHERE:                         Lilongwe, Malawi, at Cross Roads Hotel


WHO:        The conference is organized by the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (REA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), together with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), in collaboration with the Government of Malawi.  


Why:    As a follow up to efforts to fast –track implementation of the African Food

            Basket Initiative, the AUC jointly with NPCA, is convening a Conference of

              African Ministers of Agriculture to review progress on implementation of

               continental agricultural development; and consider and adopt an action-

            oriented strategy to move forward this vision of a food secure Africa within

                                                                five years.


                                           The conference is also expected to:


Deliberate and agree on how the strategy can be put into action considering ongoing initiatives and activities, mainly on the Comprehensive African Agricultural Programme (CAADP) at regional and country level.

Recommend to African political leaders on how the initiative can be put to action in the context of ongoing CAADP related actions at regional and country levels.




                            The particular objectives of the CAMA conference are:


To review and adopt a strategy to operationalise the vision of a food secure Africa through, among others, identification of quick win actions;

To agree on areas of immediate (short term) follow up, at country, sub-regional or regional level, of quick win actions that demonstrate linkages with on-going African wide initiatives and decisions specially the CAADP framework and related national and regional Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans;

To propose key approaches and actions for high level political engagement of AU Chair H.E Prof. Bingu Wa Mutharika with Fellow Heads of States and Government on how to consolidate those quick wins;

To examine and adopt policy frameworks including the policy framework for Pastoralism in Africa, and strategies to improve rural livelihoods in semi-arid zones of Africa.      


Expected Outcomes:


            The expected outcomes of the Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture, amongst

            others, include:


Heightened commitment and actions to expedite the implementation of the Framework and Guidelines for Land Policy in Africa;

Adoption of the actions for strengthening Agriculture in the Climate Change negotiations;

Adoption of action plans for high level political engagement on creation, implementation and consolidation of quick wins; 

Adoption of the policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa. 




The CAMA is expected to be attended by ministers of agriculture and experts from the AU member states, AU Commission, NEPAD, the World Bank, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), development partner organizations, diplomatic corps, farmers, and civil societies.



The fight against food insecurity and poverty in Africa, through accelerating the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), received a boost following the adoption in July 2009, by the AU Assembly Heads of State and Government, of the Sirte Declaration on Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security. The generated momentum has translated into an unprecedented rate at which AU Member States are conducting CAADP roundtables and signing their respective compacts – Rwanda was the only AU Member State that had signed its compact before July 2009; to date, the number has risen to a staggering twenty two. Moreover, over 17 of these countries have moved beyond signing compacts to formulating country Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans in line with Vision and Strategy outlined in the compacts. These country plans have been subjected to independent technical reviews to ensure compliance with CAADP and Country Vision and principles. This momentum has been met with renewed enthusiasm by development partners since the G8 July 2009 L’Aquila Summit, to support agricultural production, productivity, food and nutrition security. The G-8 identified CAADP as an effective vehicle for ensuring that resources are targeted to supporting country-led plans through a comprehensive approach, focusing on and financing those plans and frameworks similar to those being developed under CAADP. The FAO World Food Summit held in Rome also recognized and pledged support for CAADP as an example and framework through which support for agriculture and food security could be coordinated.


This was further reinforced and highlighted when H.E. President Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, and current Chairman of the African Union, in February 2010 articulated and shared his vision, with fellow African Heads of State and Government, of a Food-Secure Africa Within Five Years, and called for a vigorous and immediate action to be taken to translate this vision into reality. This signalled a high profile commitment to African food and nutrition security.


Building on this momentum, the AU Commission in collaboration with its partners prepared in March 2010 a document titled “Towards Timely and Concrete Implementation of Africa’s Vision of Food Security within Five years”. That document which, among other things, outlines desired and necessary policy and strategy changes for quick wins, ranging from policy concerns related to increasing access to yield enhancing inputs, market stabilisation measures, putting in place producer incentive structures, managing food imports and food aid supply as well as risk, and launching substantive programmes to improve nutrition of the most vulnerable. The document also charts out medium term actions that are necessary to consolidate those quick wins – which comprise, among others, design and implementation of incentives for accelerated adoption of scientific technologies;  building human resource capacities; investments into infrastructure such as rural roads, irrigation, and markets; improved capacities for production of improved seed and animal breeds; and re-negotiation of inequitable and anti-development trade agreements, all to be implemented in the framework of CAADP.    


This document was tabled at the joint AUC/UNECA Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development held in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29-30 March 2010, based on which the Ministers, adopted a Resolution (L7) titled: “Towards Realizing A Food Secure Africa within Five Years”, which was later endorsed at the 15th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government (HSG) held in Kampala, Uganda, in July 2010.


All media representatives are invited to cover the Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture (CAMA)


African Union Commission (AUC)


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