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Africa: Implementing the 2014 Malabo Declaration On Agriculture Through Mutual Accountability AUC Hosts the 3rd Caadp PS Leadership Retreat

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 20, 2018 –The 3rd Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Permanent Secretaries’ Leadership Retreat was officially opened yesterday by AUC’s Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E Amb. Josefa Sacko, who urged the PS’s to utilize their roles as agents of change to transform agriculture and achieve the objectives of the Malabo Declaration.

H.E Sacko recalled the findings of the 2018 inaugural CAADP/Malabo Biennial Review Report and Scorecard presented to the January AU General Assembly, which found that only 20 out of 47 AU Member States were on track to achieve the Malabo Declaration commitments.

“The same findings corroborate with the recent status report on food security which show that the numbers of food insecure people are increasing in Africa. You have the responsibility as Change Agents to turn around this situation and achieve the objectives of the Malabo Declaration by 2025,” she said.

Giving his opening remarks, Dr. Eyasu Abreha, Ethiopian State Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, said Ethiopia was one of the countries on track to meeting the Malabo Declaration commitments, as the country placed agriculture at the center of its development agenda.

He urged the continent as a whole to increase investments to the agriculture sector that allows for smallholder farmers to access technology to boost productivity levels.

Also present during the opening session were representatives from the NEPAD Agency and COMESA Secretariat.

AUC’s Director of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa presented a report on the implementation of the Malabo Declaration, and made a call to action to Member States to: mobilize adequate technical capacity and increase financial investments, both public and private, in order to reach CAADP-Malabo Commitments by 2025 and to strengthen national bureaus of statistics, focusing on agricultural data collection systems.

Further, he called on AUC, NPCA, RECs, technical and financial partners, private sector, and civil society to mobilize the required support for strengthening mutual accountability and peer review mechanisms in the agricultural sector.

The 3rd Permanent Secretaries’ Leadership Retreat will serve as a peer exchange, learning and forward looking engagement platform of AU Member States in implementing the CAADP and Malabo Agenda. The retreat will further discuss for the first time, the outcomes of the Inaugural Biennial Review Report and chart the way forward on how best to utilize the findings of the Report to trigger the required agricultural transformation.

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