Skip to main content

FAO confirms will to stand by the African Union




In June 2014, the African Union summit, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, endorsed the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods. One of the seven commitments that were adopted, ‘Ending Hunger in Africa by 2025’, grew out of the Renewed Partnership to End Hunger in Africa by 2025, involving the African Union Commission, its NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), the Institute Lula and FAO among other partners.

‘At FAO, we are proud to have partnered with the African Union and the Lula Institute in contributing to the Declaration to End Hunger in Africa by 2025. With a focused set of actions at national, sub-regional and continental levels, the investments and commitment we make to alleviating hunger on the continent are critical prerequisites to achieving the African vision articulated in the Agenda 2063’, declared Ms Maria-Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, in an intervention at a High-Level event to mark the official Launch of the AU Strategy and Roadmap for facilitating the 2014 Malabo Commitments on agriculture.

Concretely, FAO has enhanced its assistance to four initial focus countries - Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger - to design and deliver value-added actions in support of their efforts to end hunger. Actions has focused on strategic partnerships with respect to investment, nutrition and social protection at country level, through South-South Cooperation (SSC) and other forms of collaboration between countries, UN agencies and other development partners such as the Civil Society, the private sector and the donor community.

AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy, H.E. Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, and NEPAD’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, underlined the importance of leadership, partnership and regional collaboration in the development of the Declaration and Roadmap as well as its implementation.

‘Through technical support, we ensure that particular care addresses targets to at least double productivity, reduce post-harvest losses at least by half and improve nutrition by reducing underweight to 5% and stunting to 10%’, points out Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, who is also present at the AU Summit.

FAO facilitates the learning from countries that have achieved the Zero Hunger Challenge.
The AU High Level Event also marks the formal closure of the 2014 African Year of Agriculture and Food Security that coincided with the UN Year of Family Farming.

The dual celebration highlighted the need to increase the resilience of vulnerable households to climatic and economic shocks, to provide producers  with the knowledge, credit and technology to be productive and competitive , to create jobs and livelihoods for young people and to increase economic value-added by reducing food waste, producing healthy food as well as strengthening institutions.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PIAC told to go to court to enforce recommendations

By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
sarpong007@gmail.com

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), the mandated body to monitor the use of Ghana’s oil revenues has been asked to go to court to seek strict compliance of the laws covering accountability of oil funds in the country.

According to Dr. Steve Manteaw, the Campaign Coordinator for ISODEC and a member of the PIAC , it’s time for PIAC as a body to consider going to court to compel institutions responsible for managing Ghana’s oil revenue to answers some questions concerning the expenditure of oil funds.

He pointed out that there are several recommendations made by the PIAC in its past reports on management of petroleum revenues, and a lot of these recommendations has received no positive response from the institutions concerned.

He disclosed this to the Daily Express at a three-day workshop on Interrogating the 2016 Semi Annual PIAC Report at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

The workshop was organized by the Institute of Financ…

Deputy AG sues Facebooker over 'malicious' Ameri deal

The Deputy Attorney-General and Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East, Mr Dominic Ayine has filed a defamation suit at an Accra High Court against a Facebook commentator, Evron Hughes.
In Mr Ayine’s statement of claim, sighted by Graphic Online, he accused Mr Hughes of defaming him in a post he authored and published on Facebook on December 21, 2015, titled “RE: AMERI TRANSACTION”.
According to the Deputy A-G, the “false and malicious” post has provoked “public disaffection” against him and exposed him to public ridicule and contempt.
Describing Mr Hughes as a “self-styled social media blogger and a social commentator”, Mr Ayine said the Facebook post had brought his hard-won reputation “as a respected politician, teacher and lawyer” into “hatred, ridicule, odium, discredit, contempt, opprobrium and reproach”.
The Deputy A-G said the “defamatory words” were authored with the sole intent to reduce him in the estimation of all right thinking Ghanaians, adding that he had received numerou…

BoG shuts down two financial institutions

The Bank of Ghana has closed down two financial institutions in the country. This was after the central bank investigation revealed that the two companies were operating without approval.

The two companies were Agro Development Fund Services Limited (ADFSL) and Hebron Financial Investment Limited (HFIL).

The Daily Express gathered that the ADFSL was asked to stop operating after the central bank realized the institution had not been licensed to take deposit from the public.

A statement from BoG said the ADFSL continued to operate despite the orders from the Bank of Ghana. It however closed down ADFSL’s operation until further notice.

The Bank of Ghana said that the ADFSL is located at Asufufu, opposite the Sunyani Traditional Council in the Brong Ahafo region.

“The decision to close down ADFSL is in furtherance of section 20(2) (g) of the Banks and Specialized Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930). Bank of Ghana has investigated ADFSL thoroughly and has concluded that its a…