Ministers at the largest ever FAO Regional Conference for Africa have committed to ‘raise ambitions and accelerate actions’ towards achieving food security, at the close of the three day event.
Around 900 delegates including 95 ministers and other government officials from 48 countries have met in the context of rising food insecurity and malnutrition exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple overlapping crisis – climate change, transboundary pests and diseases, conflict and economic downturns.
In the Ministerial Declaration approved today, delegates committed to accelerate the transformation of African agriculture and agri-food systems, including through innovation and introducing digital technologies in the agriculture sector.
They also supported making further contributions to the African Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF), describing it as an instrument “to show that Africa is capable of taking charge and leading priority programmes”.
The Ministers also called on FAO to continue to ensure “greater flexibility and efficiency in the use of the Organization’s limited existing financial and human resources” to support Members, and to provide further leadership in inter-agency collaboration on the transformation towards sustainable agri-food systems.
They further supported FAOs work with multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral platforms to strengthen dialogue, investments and innovation for sustainable agri-food systems, particularly in the lead up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)