AU Resolution of the Abuja Food Security Summit, Abuja, Nigeria, 4-7 December 2006

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

“We the Heads of State and Government Declare our Firm Commitment to:

...2. To mobilize resources for implementing priority food and nutrition security interventions focusing on the selected strategic commodities.

To achieve this objective and with particular focus on the selected strategic commodities:

MEMBER STATES formalize the Maputo commitment to allocate at least 10% of the national budget to agriculture and rural development by 2008;

AUC and NEPAD to sensitize parliaments and civil society and enlist their support in the implementation of the Maputo 10% commitment;

MEMBER STATES promote public sector engagement in agriculture, in particular with regard to:

• Infrastructure, especially regarding water, irrigation, electricity and roads through public-private partnership;

• Capacity to diversify and add value to agricultural products through inter-alia, public private partnerships to enhance competitiveness of and sustainable incomes from these products;

• Facilitate provision of targeted loans to the private sector including micro-credit with special emphasis on women and small-holder farmer organizations;

• Encourage public-private partnerships and investment, with special focus on infrastructure ;

• Support measures including technologies, key yield enhancing inputs, and targeted subsidies where warranted;

• Invest in appropriate small-scale technologies and industries accessible to women;

• Preparing youth for an active and rewarding role in agriculture and related industries;

• Invest in technologies and industries for the production of nutritionally adequate foods;

• Introduce measures to halve post-harvest losses within 3 years and reduce them to 10% by 2015.

MEMBER STATES assisted by the AUC and NEPAD to identify critical training needs in the areas of food security, biotechnology, research and extension and to facilitate the exchange of experts among Member States;

AUC and NEPAD in consultation with the ADB and other international financial institutions to develop modalities for the implementation of the Sirte Decision on the establishment of an African Agricultural Development Fund.

MEMBER STATES reduce risks of both natural and commercial origins, including through marketing arrangements and insurance schemes...”