Conference of African Union Ministers of Agriculture 31Jan - 1 Feb 2006 Bamako, Mali

from African Union
Published on 01 Feb 2006
Min/Agr/Rpt (I)
Report of the Conference of Ministers

1. Background

1. The African Union recognizes the importance of agriculture and the need for Africa to utilize its full potential to increase its food and agricultural production so as to guarantee sustainable food security and ensure economic prosperity for its peoples. It is in this context that African Heads of State and Government adopted numerous decisions and initiatives to address the situation.

2. A number of important Decisions by the Heads of State and Government called upon the African Union Commission (AUC) to follow up and report to the Assembly. These include: (i) the preparation of the "Status of Food Security Report" that would be presented to the Assembly every July; (ii) the integration of the Implementation of the Sirte Declaration on Agriculture and Water with the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) to be reported to the 9th Executive Council in July 2006; (iii) the request to define, in collaboration with Member States and the NEPAD Secretariat, the core areas of agriculture and rural development relevant to the 10 percent budget allocation and report regularly.

3. The convening of the current Conference of the AU Ministers of Agriculture from January 31 to February 1, 2006 in Bamako, Mali, is to consider and discuss the reports that have been prepared by the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Secretariat in accordance with the request of the Assembly.

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