MALABO: ONE.org, the international advocacy organization, has applauded African leaders for their renewed commitment to the continent’s agricultural sector.
This follows the end of the 23rd AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in Equatorial Guinea where the leaders committed to spending at least 10 percent of their national budgets on agriculture.
Dr Sipho Moyo, ONE.org’s Executive Director for Africa, said this was a “defining” moment for agriculture in Africa.
“During this official AU Year of Agriculture and Food Security, African governments have heeded the call of 120 CSOs, and over 2 million African citizens who signed ONE.org’s Do Agric petition calling on them to invest more and better in agriculture.
“They have raised the bar with the Malabo Declaration, showing a real commitment to smallholder farmers and rural communities across the continent. This declaration is a clear demonstration that our leaders are committed to coming together on behalf of our farmers, our food and our futures.”
The new declaration prioritizes the operationalization of the African Investment Bank, responsible private sector investment, increased support for intra-regional trade, adoption of climate-resilient farming strategies, youth inclusion and employment targets, and mutual accountability for results.
These newly adopted measures form part of a set of joint recommendations put before the AU leaders by ONE.org and about120 civil society partner organizations in the months leading up to the summit, and reflect the voices of over 2 million African citizens who signed ONE’s Do Agric petition.
The Presidents of Tanzania, Benin, Ghana and Niger all received and supported the joint recommendations and petition ahead of the June AU gathering Delegations from Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mali also received and supported the petition and recommendations at the summit.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY