Director-General discusses Africa’s zero hunger target with African Union Commissioner
30 January, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met today with Her Excellency Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union, and discussed the commitment of African leaders to eradicate hunger by 2025.
Peace warmly thanked FAO for its support since the very beginning of the journey, which began with the High Level Meeting on food security organized in Addis Ababa in cooperation with Brazil’s Lula Institute in July 2013, when a declaration and a road map were adopted to end hunger by 2025.
The two officials also discussed the ongoing implementation of the road map in four pilot countries (Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger) as well as preparations for the meeting of African Ministers of Agriculture that will be co-hosted by FAO in Durban at the end of April 2014 in preparation for the July 2014 African Union Summit.
The two principals also discussed the happy coincidence of celebrating in 2014 both the Year for Agriculture and Food Security for Africa and the International Year of Family Farming. They agreed to identify common activities to promote agricultural development and food security and nutrition.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of an event marking the launch of the Year for Agriculture and Food Security organized by the ONE Campaign which was attended by ministers, representatives of farmers’ organizations, development and resource partners, civil society and the private sector. The event called for more investment in agriculture as Africa celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Maputo Declaration and the commitment of African countries to invest 10% of their budget in agriculture.