Assembly of the African Union 11th Ordinary Session Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 30 June-1 July 2008

Sectors : Agricultural investment and production, Disaster risk reduction and reconstruction, Food security
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Agriculture - Food security

“We…DECLARE our firm commitment to:...
...4. Address the challenges posed by the high food prices through the following measures:

(a) Immediate/ short terms responses:

• Immediate assistance to the vulnerable segments of populations through targeted food assistance and safety net measures including cash and/or food transfers to combat hunger and malnutrition;

• Intensify agricultural production and productivity through the use of targeted input subsidies, particularly fertilizer and improved seed, and enhance access to water and small scale irrigation;

• Improve post harvest management to minimize crop storage losses and enhance processing;

(b) Medium to long-term responses:

• Invest in appropriate social safety nets and interventions that include both protective actions to mitigate short-term risks and preventative actions to preclude long-term negative consequences;

• Scale up investments for sustained agricultural growth including expanded public spending for rural infrastructure (roads, markets, irrigation and water harvesting techniques, etc.), services (micro-finance, market information systems, insurance programmes, etc.), agricultural research and technology development and transfer (increased productivity, post-harvest management, extension, etc.);

• Enhance sustainable land management practices including soil and water management and conservation;

• Enhance institutional and human capacities for agricultural development;

• Review bio-fuel policies to make more grains and oilseeds currently used for fuel available for food and feed...

...We commit ourselves to mobilize all means to alleviate the suffering caused by the situation of rising food prices and to strengthen agricultural development raising production and productivity as a solution to the challenges facing Africa.”