Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


May 26-27, 2011. Deauville, France. G8 Summit. The G8 and Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, and the African Union Commission, highlighted the importance of an enhanced partnership between the G8 and Africa. The joint declaration between the G8 and Africa highlighted the importance of an enhanced partnership to promote shared values, notably peace and human rights, democratic governance and sustainable development.

The declaration on African agriculture was:
Jean Ping of Gabon is the current
Chair of the African Union Commission
Agriculture in Africa can serve as an important driver of broad-based sustainable economic growth and development. Sustainable increases in agricultural productivity and production offers ample opportunities to attract private-sector investment and leverage private sources of capital, create jobs, raise income of farmers and stimulate inclusive growth in rural Africa. They contribute to better food security and are key factors in counteracting price volatility. We commit to improving food security in Africa by enhancing cooperation among the G8 and Africa through the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

Related: Press Statement by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan

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