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 : Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance, Agricultural and biotechnology, Agricultural investment and production, Environmental degradation and natural resource management, Investment
Organisation : UN
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“21. We urge developed countries to support agriculture development in Africa by ensuring greater access to their markets as well as provide support to capacity building of African producers to achieve compliance with relevant international standards.”

Commitments in: Agriculture - Agricultural investment and production

“25. We are determined to achieve sustainability of African economies and their integration into the global market in order to reduce the continent’s heavy dependence on the extraction, harvesting and export of primary commodities with minimal processing and value addition. We are committed to promoting economic diversification, including through expanded production of high-value agricultural products and the development of industries based on the further processing and value addition to primary products. We encourage international investment, technology and know-how transfer to further this process.

26. We note the growing global demand for biofuels which has opened up significant new opportunities and challenges for African food production. We intend to work to develop our biofuels sectors in ways which are consistent with our own food security and with principles of environmental sustainability and social equity.

27. We underscore the importance of securing agricultural land rights, particularly for small-scale farmers, in ensuring that the poor benefit from the modernization of African agriculture and from its growing integration into world markets. We shall continue to encourage the sustainable land management practices aimed at boosting agricultural productivity. We shall also encourage increased exchange of experiences and know – how both within and beyond the continent.”