Transforming Agriculture in Africa
H.E Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopian Prime Minister congratulated the African Union and NEPAD Agency on the Biennial Review and Africa Agriculture Transformation Scorecard. He called for more efforts to track the progress of agriculture in Africa.
The Prime Minister highlighted the necessity of maintaining the momentum of agricultural transformation through more frequent scorecards that will allow the sharing of best practices.
The Prime Minister of Ethiopia was speaking at the breakfast meeting of the Malabo Declaration Biennial Review and Africa Agriculture Transformation Scorecard, at the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Agency, who chaired the meeting stated that, “The scorecard will help us to monitor progress and implement vital lessons to ensure we achieve our goal of agricultural transformation on the continent.”
The Rwandese Minister of Agriculture, Gérardine Mukeshimana shared the Rwandan experience in implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) for growth in agriculture.
“CAADP is already embedded in Rwanda's Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation,” the Minister reported.
The President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Dr Agnes Kalibata congratulated the African Union Commission and NEPAD Agency on the Biennial Review and Scorecard. She also made the call for Heads of State to take more action towards accelerating growth in agriculture.
In closing the session, Dr Mayaki underscored that the Biennial Review report speaks to Agenda 2063, Africa’s strategic framework for socio-economic transformation.
He ended with three points: Firstly, he reiterated that “We know now how to track growth on the African continent, especially in the important sector of agriculture.”
Secondly, he pointed out that implementing the Malabo Declaration for the transformation of the agricultural sector is a collaborative effort. Thirdly, Dr Mayaki underscored that partnerships are of utmost importance in the continued work of turning the sector around.
The Inaugural Biennial Review Report on the Implementation of the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation was lauded by Regional Economic Communities and partners at the meeting as having come at the right time.
Thus far, 47 countries have submitted their reports for the Agricultural Transformation Scorecard. Twenty six countries are on track in establishing inclusive institutionalised mechanisms and platforms for mutual accountability and peer review. These countries include Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.
Source: NEPAD Agency