High-level Meeting adopts Declaration for unified and focused action by all to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025Listen /
Heads of State and Government of the African Union, non-State actors and other partners meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday have unanimously adopted a Declaration to end hunger in Africa by 2025.
The declaration calls for a combination of policies to promote sustainable agricultural development with social protection, for a budgetary allocation focused on the poor and recognizes the importance of non-state actors to ensure food security.
The document also reaffirms their determination to accelerate the implementation of the 2003 Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security in Africa as outlined within the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme framework (CAADP).
The High Level Meeting of African and international leaders acknowledged that the African region is witnessing economic growth of unprecedented proportions, with a young population and vast natural resources, committed to a roadmap to be implemented primarily with their own resources and with technical assistance and called upon development partners to strengthen their partnerships.
Aligning with the Zero Hunger Challenge launched by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in 2012, the Heads of State and Government and non-state actors recognized the great potential for African agricultural development, the growing youth population and the availability of large land and water resources with agricultural production, crops, including livestock, fisheries and forestry.
Addressing the Addis Ababa meeting, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva highlighted the need for an integral approach to promote food security.
He said “To achieve food security in a sustainable way, we must work with small-scale producers, helping them increase production and productivity, but we also need to look at access to food, and ensure that poor families have the means to produce the food they need or earn the income needed to buy their food.”
Graziano da Silva affirmed that “FAO is ready to rally behind African leadership to meet the goal of ending hunger in Africa”.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.