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Friday, January 24, 2014

The African Union Summit on agriculture and food security

21-31 January. Addis Abeba. 22nd AU Summit Agriculture and Food Security. “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture: Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development” is the theme that will be at the center of discussions during the 22nd Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

The Heads of State and Government will launch the year 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security, marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

They will also consider the report of H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Coordinator of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) which will include among others: the outcome of climate change negotiations at the 19th Conference of Parties (COP 19) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the report of the Commission on the implementation of previous decisions on UNCCD and outcomes of COP 11 held in Windhoek, Namibia, 16-26 September 2013.

During the first half of the year, efforts will mainly be focussed on articulation of the key messages through a process of stakeholders’ consultations, in particular RECs and Member States, and deepening engagement for high level political commitment. At the continental level, the main events planned for the first half of the year, in the run up to the July 2014 AU Summit include:

See: Concept Note (En)
  1. Launch of 2014 Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa, marking 10th Anniversary of CAADP, during the January 2014 AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia-
  2. The 10th CAADP Partnership Platform Meeting to be held from 19th – 24th March, 2014 in Durban South Africa – organised by AUC and NPCA, which brings together Member States, RECs, key African Institutions and partners to review progress, and synthesise lessons for way forward.
  3. The Joint AU Conference of Ministers responsible for Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Rural Development, to be held from 28th April – 2nd May, 2014 also in Durban South Africa – which will deliberate on the theme and sub-themes and make resolutions for consideration by the AU Policy organs.
  4. The African Agribusiness Forum planned for June 2014 in Addis Ababa – which among others is expected to explore business opportunities for African entrepreneurs particularly women and youth, in the context of agricultural transformation and inclusive growth; and
  5. The July 2014 AU Summit, whose theme will focus on the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in 
  6. Africa and commemoration of CAADP at 10 - where discussions and deliberations will be dedicated to agriculture, food and nutrition security– and a declaration on “agricultural transformation and inclusive growth for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods” is sought.
CAADP 2nd Multi Donor Trust Fund 
design meeting
22 January 2014 Addis Ababa, AUC hosted CAADP 2nd Multi Donor Trust Fund design meeting
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) 2 design meeting opened today with a view to map out a strategy for the second phase of the MDTF.

Established in 2008 at the request of the African Union as a programmatic trust fund, the CAADP MDTF, whose mandate ends December 31, 2015, was intended to support the efforts of African agencies engaged in CAADP processes. The MDTF supports the activities of African institutions to lead the adoption and utilization of CAADP across the continent and to facilitate coordination of development partner support to activities under CAADP and to African agriculture more broadly.

Press Release (En)

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24/01/2014 All Africa. Ethiopia: AU Summit to Discuss Agriculture, Food Security
Only eight countries have surpassed the 10 percent financing target, according to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) - the technical body of the AU spearheading implementation of the CAADP. Only one of these, Malawi, is from southern Africa. The others are Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal.
Published on 23 Jan 2014
Press briefing of Mrs Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, on 23rd Jan at 11:00 AM, AU briefing Room 1

Interview with Dr. Richard Munang - The Regional African coordinator for United Nations Environment Programme - talks on Africa's food security. 

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