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FAO through the Regional Office for Africa has been fully engaged in the implementation of the Programme of Work and Budget aligned to the agreed areas of priority action defined its Regional Conferences (27th-28th ARC). Through partnerships, and in alliance with national governments, the Regional Office with the support of technical departments has carried out various interventions in support of agricultural development with actions focused on enhancing agriculture production, sustainable natural resource management and increased market access.

Regional Perspectives

African agriculture transformation

Africa needs to ensure that stable economic growth translates into more and better employment opportunities in order to benefit people, reduce poverty and eradicate hunger. Tapping into the economic potential of youth represents a tremendous opportunity to help drive rural transformation, and reduce rural poverty among youths and adults alike.

Resilience

Populations are increasingly exposed to natural hazards (drought, floods, disease epidemics, etc.), man-made crises (socio-economic shocks, conflicts, etc.) and protracted crises (complex, prolonged emergencies that combine two or more aspects of the above-mentioned crises). The recurrence of these shocks has had a profound impact on the poorest farming households.

Forestry

According to FAO’s Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) report (2010), and its State of the World Forest report (2011), the drivers of deforestation in Africa remain, principally: conversion of forest land to agriculture and settlements; forest fires; illegal cutting; and climate change, limiting forest growth and reforestation in the dry lands of the continent.

Fisheries

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has been on the increase due to overcapacity in fishing fleets and insufficient surveillance capacities of countries. Research, improved data collection, and regular national and regional scientific surveys to ensure more reliable information for the assessment of stocks and for scientific advice remain urgent.

Country Programming Frameworks

Countries have indicated the most crucial areas of potential FAO assistance through setting clear priorities and areas of cooperation. The CPF addresses issues related to food and nutrition security, agricultural productivity and sustainable natural resource management, resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises and governance.

Africa Solidarity Trust Fund

The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund was endorsed at the 27th FAO Regional Conference for Africa held in April 2012 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, and officially launched during the 38th Session of the FAO Conference in June 2013. It was established for and by African governments and partners. Its goal is to pool resources from Africa’s strongest economies and use them across the continent to implement national and regional food security initiatives within the framework of the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).