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Transforming Africa’s Agrifood Systems Requires Coordinated Policies Across Sectors

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Transforming Africa’s Agrifood Systems Requires Coordinated Policies Across Sectors

FAO is committed to leveraging its knowledge and experience to work with key partners and stakeholders to transform Africa‘s agri-food systems.

ROME, Italy, November 26, 2021 / APO Group / –

To make them more sustainable, the transformation of agri-food systems in Africa requires a “cross-sectoral, holistic, coherent and coordinated policy environment,” said QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO ) at a high-level African Union (AU) event.

The Africa Agricultural Development Program Comprehensive Partnership Platform (CADP PP) is the AU’s main platform for agricultural policy dialogue, lesson sharing and accountability. This year’s CAADP PP meeting, which took place over three days under the theme ‘Ending hunger in Africa by 2025 through resilient food systems’, brought together representatives of the African Union Commission, ministers of the 55 Member States of the AU and partners.

During his participation in the High Level Partner Panel event on Friday, the FAO Director-General noted that this is an “exciting time for Africa”. The discussion focused on how to strengthen institutions and increase investments to accelerate the transformation of agriculture and streamline efforts towards building resilient food systems aimed at ending hunger on the continent.

Qu emphasized three key ways to accelerate change for agricultural transformation in Africa: increasing agricultural productivity; build resilience by addressing water and climate related challenges in agriculture; and increasing data use and digitization.

“FAO is committed to leveraging its knowledge and experience to work with key partners and stakeholders to transform Africa’s agri-food systems for a better and brighter future for all,” said the Director-General.

The panel also included representatives from the African Development Bank, USAID, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.

FAO’s work with the African Union

FAO has supported the AU in a series of projects to promote the transformation of agri-food systems. In 2021, FAO and the AU launched the Framework to Boost Intra-African Trade in Agricultural Products and Services, a plan to expand agricultural trade between African countries and unlock the potential of the agricultural sector to contribute to Africa’s sustainable and inclusive growth.

FAO has also worked with the AU on the Africa Open Data for Environment, Agriculture and Land initiative, which has made Africa the first continent to complete the collection of digital data on land use and land use change. land, and in developing policies and strategies for country-specific plans to reduce post-harvest food losses.

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