Windhoek High-Level Ministerial Declaration on African Agriculture in the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges, Making a Sustainable Green Revolution, 9-10 February 2009

Sectors : International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade, Agriculture trade, Agricultural investment and production, Regional cooperation and integration, Food security
Organisation : UN
Date made: 
2009
Level: 
Ministerial
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Commitments in: Trade - International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade

“19. We acknowledge the importance of the export of agriculture products for Africa’s economic growth as agriculture plays pivotal role in the continent’s overall economy. We are concerned by the high dependence on limited number of export commodities, weak technological capacities, inadequate legal and regulatory institutional frameworks and insufficient transport, storage and marketing infrastructure, and policy-induced constraints resulting from trade and policies that are biased against exports of agricultural products.

20. We are concerned that Africa’s share of international trade is only 2 per cent, and it’s likely to further decrease as result of the current global economic crisis. We underline the important role that trade plays in promoting economic growth. We stress the need to promote Africa’s international trade, including through regional integration and greater integration into the global economy and fulfillment of the commitment to a well-functioning, universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system which promotes sustainable development. We commit to redoubling our efforts towards the reinvigoration of the multilateral trade negotiations and to achieve a development-oriented outcome of the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization. We call for stronger national action and international support to build domestic productive competitive export supply capacities, as well as trade support, infrastructure and institutions in African countries.”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Agriculture - Agricultural investment and production

“14. We are mindful that African agriculture and rural economies need to be revitalized in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. To this end, we recommit ourselves to accelerate progress towards the Maputo Declaration target of raising the share of national budgets devoted to agriculture and rural development to at least 10% and appeal for international support for the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).”

Scope: 
Africa

“15. We call for concerted and collective response by African countries and the international community, working in partnership to support integrated and sustainable agriculture and rural development approaches, and stress the importance of food security and strengthening the agricultural sector, as set out in, inter alia, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme of the NEPAD. We call upon development partners including the United Nations system to increase their assistance to Africa, in particular to least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by high food prices.”

Scope: 
Africa