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The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund for Food Security

A novel way of tackling Africa’s hunger and poverty challenges

The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) is an innovative Africa-led fund to support African development initiatives. Its main goal is to strengthen food security across the continent by assisting countries and their regional organizations to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, eliminate rural poverty and manage natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The Fund was officially launched during the 38th Session of the FAO Conference in June 2013, with funding totaling over USD 40 million: USD 30 million from Equatorial Guinea, USD 10 million from Angola and a symbolic contribution from a group of civil society organizations in the Republic of Congo.

By 2017, the ASTF had supported 18 projects implemented in 41 African countries, in diverse areas of work. ASTF evaluation showed that these projects have benefitted thousands of rural people in Africa.

In order to sustain the momentum and accelerate its impact, there is need to transform the ASTF approach and expand the partner base by making it more appealing to an increased number of contributors. The renewed ASTF will include three key components

1. Support actions for accelerating the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda and SDGs provide a common denominator for all countries, partners and FAO. ASTF will aim at supporting country-level SDG actions to accelerate the achievement of these global goals.

2. Intra-Africa knowledge sharing and exchange

This will include promoting intra-Africa knowledge exchange and sharing of development solutions, innovation and experiences among Africa’s Centres of Excellence.

3. Innovative financial modalities

This involves financial streams from African countries and from partners of Africa:

  • African Countries’ Funding Window: Building on the lessons from the first phase with an increased number of African contributors.
  • Africa’s Partners Funding Window: This will promote “Friends of Africa” concept, enabling contributions from development partners such as the bilateral and multilateral donors, partnerships with private sectors and other capital providers.

«I believe we can all sense a growing political commitment in Africa to eradicate hunger and the desire to transform this commitment into concrete action. But governments are the ones who must lead this process.»

Jose Graziano-da Silva, FAO’s Director General

Governance

The Fund is governed through the Steering Committee (SC) and the Fund Assembly (FA). These two bodies decide on priorities and approve proposed activities, based on a set of criteria. The implementation of funded activities is coordinated and directed by the Programme Management Unit. The FA serves as a consultative forum, where members share information on achievements, lessons learned and emerging issues to advise the SC on future development of the Fund.

Contacts

Regional Office for Africa
#2 Gamel Abdul Nasser Road
Accra, Ghana
P.O. Box GP 1628 Accra, Ghana
Tel: +233 (0) 302 610930
Fax: +233 (0) 302 668427
E-mail: RAF-ADG@fao.org

Resource Mobilization Division (TCR)
FAO Headquarters
Viale delle Terme die Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
TCR-Director@fao.org