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

Sectors : Agricultural investment and production, Food security, Disaster risk reduction and reconstruction, Financial Institutions, markets, services and microfinance
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
2008
Level: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Agriculture - Food security

“We…DECLARE our firm commitment to:...
...3. Support the following thematic priority-options:

• Increase food production and productivity for key commodities by improving access to agricultural inputs for diversified cropping and livestock production systems including targeted SMART subsidies (fertiliser, improved seeds, better access to technologies and innovations);

• Improve production of fertilizers from existing plants and explore the possibility of establishing new ones based on the availability of raw materials in the region;

• Support national and regional food initiatives to stabilize prices, and serve as emergency stock;”

Scope: 
Africa

“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.”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Agriculture - Agricultural investment and production

“We…DECLARE our firm commitment to:...
• ...Introduce and support agricultural insurance systems and micro credit;”

Scope: 
Africa

“We…DECLARE our firm commitment to:...
• ...Increase production by improved sustainable soil fertility management including conservation agriculture technologies;

• Enhance food processing, credit systems, and use of improved storage, and minimize post harvest losses;

• Promote indigenous crops and technologies for production and processing of nutrient-rich crops;

• Improve logistics capacity to move emergency supplies and agricultural inputs.”

Scope: 
Africa