Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Friday, April 19, 2024

33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa

18 - 20 April 2024
. 33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC33) - Morocco, Hybrid Event

The 33rd Session of the Regional Conference for Africa (ARC33) put a spotlight on the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031 and the four betters: better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The conference theme was Resilient agrifood systems and inclusive rural transformation.


Extracts of the agenda - Ministerial Roundtables 

Foresight analysis: Drivers and triggers of agrifood systems transformation in Africa 

By analysing emerging technologies, climate resilience strategies, market dynamics and cultural influences, the discussion provided insights into plausible futures for agrifood systems. Emphasis was placed on the transformative potential of youth and women empowerment and the role of effective policies in guiding positive change. 

Blue Transformation in Africa: The potential of aquatic foods 

The potential of aquatic foods underscores the pivotal role of aquatic resources in reshaping the continent's economic and nutritional landscape. 

Inclusive rural transformation in Africa: Agriculture mechanization, digitalization, women and youth 

Public-private partnerships were highlighted as key enablers of inclusive rural transformation, ultimately empowering communities through a holistic approach. The roadmap includes replicable models and strategies to achieve sustainable development, ensuring that no one is left behind in Africa's journey towards inclusive rural transformation. 

Decisions of the United Nations Conference of Parties to Climate Change, Biological Diversity and Combat Desertification 

The presentations underscored the importance of indigenous knowledge, robust monitoring mechanisms and financial strategies to facilitate coordinated action. 

Agrifood systems transformation in Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and Landlocked Developing Countries 

By delving into the current state, challenges and opportunities, the discussion shed light on sustainable solutions tailored to these regions. 

Livestock Development Strategy in Africa 

The Livestock Development Strategy in Africa (with the AU–Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources [AU-IBAR]) aims to transform the continent's livestock sector into a resilient and sustainable contributor to food security and economic growth. 

Financing resilient agrifood systems and inclusive rural transformation: Boosting public and private sector investment 

By exploring investment opportunities, blended finance models, and inclusive financial instruments, the discussion emphasized the collaborative efforts of the public and private sectors. The presentation showcased case studies and success stories, providing tangible evidence of the positive impact of such investments. A roadmap for sustainable financing concluded the presentation, outlining actionable steps for creating an enabling environment that fosters resilience and inclusivity in Africa's agrifood systems. 

Members’ experience-sharing on the four betters and initiatives 

This was a dedicated session allocated for experience-sharing among Members on better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind. 

The Regional Hand-in-Hand Initiative Investment 

Forum dialogue with partners The Regional Hand-in-Hand Initiative Investment Forum dialogue with partners aims to catalyse economic growth in Africa through private sector engagement and strategic partnerships. Focused on key sectors and investment opportunities, the forum explored government policies, showcase successful collaborations and present case studies to inspire actionable insights. The Investment Forum served as a milestone in the ongoing commitment to the Hand-in-Hand Initiative, fostering a collaborative approach to shape the future of Africa's economic landscape


Ministerial Session (April 18-20 2024)

Day One

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