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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 Africa for 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 from Equatorial Guinea, Angola and a group of civil society organizations in the Republic of Congo.

New launch at the Regional Conference for Africa in April 2016

Based on the successes and lessons learned to date, the ASTF will be launched at the 29th session of the Regional Conference for Africa with a renewed and focused vision and calls for expanded partnership to:

  • Sharpen its focus on national and regional programmes and projects in line with Africa’s priorities;
  • Foster intra-Africa/South-South Collaboration and document good practices and African institutions of excellence in food and agriculture, with a view to establishing an “African Centre of Best practices: building the concept of an Africa Solidarity Centre”; and
  • Encourage countries to share their expertise and financial contributions in order for knowledge to be shared/exchanged across Africa.

«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 (PMU). 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

South-South Cooperation and Resource Mobilization Division
FAO Headquarters
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy
E-mail: TCS-Director@fao.org

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