Homepage  Homepage     Search on site  Search on site     To write the letter  To write the letter     Site map  Site map
Agro Perspectiva
We are on: 

Home > News > News

Immediate action is needed to get Africa on track with global goals

13.10.2023 21:27 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today called for immediate action to help Africa get back on track to meet global goals on food security and nutrition, pointing to science, technology and innovation, investments, and the continent’s reservoir of resourceful youth, as potential solutions.

Qu was invited to address the first Vatican Roundtable of African Farmers, an event designed to provided farmers from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity «to bring their unique perspectives and concrete experiences to the forefront of global discussions on agricultural development in their region,» organizers said.

African policy makers, UN leaders, development organizations, international financial institutions, private sector, academia, and civil society were also invited. Farmers from Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe presented concrete cases of agricultural innovation and technologies and advanced key policy recommendations.

The meeting took place just days before the opening of the World Food Forum. FAO’s flagship annual event is designed to foster dialogue and debate among relevant stakeholders, ranging from the young and the youthful, farmers, small-scale producers, Indigenous Peoples, policymakers, agri-investors and scientists, all with one goal: moving the needle for food security to achieve better production, better nutrition, better environment and better life, leaving no-one behind.

Africa has been a strong focus of FAO’s efforts since its foundation, nearly 60 years. Unfortunately, the number of undernourished people there has risen to over 281 million since the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic, while conflicts and the climate crisis continue to plague the continent.

Just this year, Cyclone Freddy struck Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and there are ongoing droughts in Uganda and Somalia. And while Sudan, Mali, Niger and others continue to be gripped by conflict, new data released only two weeks ago confirmed that the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to be one of the worlds largest food crises, with one-quarter of the population — more than 25 million people — facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity.

This all means that Africa is not on track to meet the global goals on food security and nutrition set out in the 2030 Agenda, nor the goals of the Malabo Declaration agreed to by Members of the African Union.

«In Africa, we critically and urgently need more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable agrifood systems to increase agricultural productivity to be 2 times higher than what it is now,» Qu said.

Potential solutions

In his address to the gathering, the FAO Director-General focused on possible solutions, and «how we can move quickly to implement them.»

Science, innovation and technology, for instance, offer significant opportunities for economic growth and the creation of new jobs in agrifood systems by contributing to producing more with less; by reducing food loss and waste, by helping food production adapt and mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, and by improving access to finance and market information. But only if their advances are accessible to everyone.

Secondly, creating real change and at the scale requires investments, not just for agricultural businesses, but also for agricultural research, training for farmers, mechanization, as well as the introduction of new technologies and new crop varieties, and sustainable production systems.

In this context, FAO engages with the private sector through flagship initiatives such as the Hand-in-Hand Initiative, which is designed to accelerate agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development and currently includes 36 African countries.

Finally, with the highest percentage of youth in the world, more should be done to empower the continent’s youth, whose agility, creativity and ability to innovate can be a game-changer in the efforts to overcome poverty and hunger in the region," Qu said.

This is the reason why youth engagement is one of the three pillars of the World Food Forum, which the Director-General created in 2021.

Todays roundtable was held at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, in Vatican City, and was sponsored by Bayer AG, with the patronage of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Agro Perspectiva

< Global cereal production set to reach a record high in 2023, while trade could contract in 2023/24 All news for
Shmyhal speaks about progress in issue of confiscation of Russian assets abroad >

10:35 India Apple Imports Forecast at a Record High
09:21 FAO Food Price Index slightly up in May: higher cereal and dairy prices offset easing sugar and vegetable oil quotations
14:04 Commission clarifies support for farmers in case of exceptional weather events
13:33 Digitalization: it is time to bridge the gap between urban and rural areas
18:25 Two years of Solidarity Lanes have brought the EU, Ukraine and Moldova closer together
08:10 Seven additional private sector leaders announce support for Antimicrobial Use Stewardship Principles in poultry, now includes over 40% of global poultry meat production
23:32 EU extends trade support to Ukraine for one more year
04:36 European Union corn is forecast at 18.0 million tons
18:55 2024/25 Grain Consumption Expands while Trade Moderates
18:47 Oilseeds Stocks Forecast to Reach Record Highs in 2024/25
09:17 The International Year of the Woman Farmer in 2026 Approved by the UN General Assembly, it will increase awareness of the crucial role women farmers play in agrifood systems
08:10 2024 wheat forecast trimmed
21:25 Rising international quotations for meat, cereals and vegetable oils offset drops for dairy and sugar
07:10 El Niño and La Niña: four crucial steps to build climate resilience
08:25 Acute hunger remains persistently high in 59 countries with 1 in 5 people assessed in need of critical urgent action
10:43 New CEO at BASF: Martin Brudermüller hands over to Markus Kamieth
09:45 Parliament approves a revision of the EUs common agricultural policy
16:23 MEPs approve trade support measures for Ukraine with protection for EU farmers
18:08 Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food predicts this years harvest of grains and oilseeds at about 74 million tonnes
12:12 West Africa Cocoa Shortage Pushes Up Prices
23:48 U.S. Soybean Meal Exports Forecast at Consecutive Records in 2022/23 and 2023/24
23:10 EU Wheat Exports Challenged by Russias Growing Dominance
11:30 Country of origin of honey must be clearly visible on the label. EU honey traceability system to be developed
15:59 Commission starts setting up the Agriculture and Food Chain Observatory
15:33 Commission approves 2.2 billion German State aid scheme to support the decarbonisation of industrial processes to foster the transition to a net-zero economy
13:17 Donau Soja urges EU for clarity on EUDR implementation
10:44 Ukraine remained the third source of EU imports in 2023, with a value of EUR 11.8 billion
10:04 World cereal output seen up in 2023/24
09:55 FAO Food Price Index rises in March
10:04 Shellfish Crop Insurance Program Offers Oyster Producers Needed Protection from Environmental Challenges and More
23:01 Croatian horseradish root Ludbreški hren' added to register of Protected Designations of Origin
10:15 FAO and chef Fatmata Binta announce new project to empower women fonio producers in Ghana
12:55 Council compromise on Ukraine ATMs Only a half step forward in the right direction
09:18 Commission approves amendment to Italian State aid scheme to support companies in Friuli Venezia Giulia in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine
10:55 Projected famine in Gaza: FAO urges immediate access to deliver urgent and critical assistance at scale. About 1.1 million people are experiencing catastrophic food insecurity
08:44 EU makes major step forward in the delivery of 2024 humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza*
16:17 Commission approves 86.9 million Bulgarian State aid scheme to support farmers in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine
11:15 Commission takes action to boost biotechnology and biomanufacturing in the EU
11:13 Deal to extend trade support for Ukraine with safeguards for EU farmers
09:43 CAP - The Commission proposes simplifications that safeguard agricultural transitions!
23:10 The European Union and Switzerland launch negotiations to deepen bilateral relations
10:05 Commission proposes targeted review of Common Agricultural Policy to support EU farmers
23:36 Cargill Power CanolaTM Program Helps Farmers Take Advantage of Growing Bioenergy Market Opportunities for Canadian Canola
23:19 FAO will provide Ukrainian farmers with soybean and sunflower seeds for spring sowing campaign
23:27 FAO urges more cooperation in banana sector, significant for some least developed and low-income food-deficit countries and smallholder farmers
16:51 The European Commission sets out key steps for managing climate risks to protect people and prosperity
20:25 Coreper and COMENVI approve the provisional agreement on EU Carbon Removal Certification Framework
20:24 INTA MEPs fail EU producers by dismissing potential improvements to Ukraine ATMs
08:10 Soybean meal is expected to be a more competitive feed ingredient on higher global supplies.
09:11 U.S. Corn Exports Shift Destinations as Brazil Captures China Market

Also available: 

NewsNews - News - News - News - News - News
BriefWeekly Reports - Free article
SubscriptionTariff - News&Reports
AdvertisingMagazine - Site
ConferencesForum AGRO-2013 - DAIRY WORLD-2008 - FERTILIZERS-2010
For our clientsAgroNewsDaily - Ukrainian Grain&Oilseed Market - Fertilizers - Milk Monthly - Milk Weekly
About usAbout project - Contact
2002 -2024 © Agrarika, ltd.
tel.: +380 67 4473802; +380 67 5964652
e-mail: client@agroperspectiva.com