Africa’s Commitment to End Hunger by 2025
Africa’s Commitment to End Hunger by 2025, responding to the UN Secretary General’s Zero Hunger Challenge, supports and capacitates governments in focus countries to engage in multi-sectoral planning, coordinated implementation, monitoring and evaluation with financial commitments to food security and nutrition policies and programmes under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) initiative.
The Malabo Declaration, adopted by African Heads of States in June 2014, with its implementation strategy and roadmap on “Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods” seeks to achieve the 2025 vision of ending hunger in Africa through renewed commitments to biennium accountability on indicators in the CAADP Result Framework. Regional action plans focus on a set of actions at national, sub-regional and continental levels to contribute to achieving the zero hunger goal.
The main expected result is to accelerate and add value to ongoing regional and country efforts through capacity strengthening and inter-sectoral coordination for accountability on investments, with coherent and harmonized programme delivery at all levels.
Starting in 2014, the initial focus for this Regional Initiative was in four countries (Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger) and was extended in mid-2015 to four additional countries (Chad, Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda) with the following key results:
Results in 2014-2015
- Improved access to data and information by reinforcing food security and nutrition information systems to inform policy making, mapping of hunger related programmes (Angola and Ethiopia), mainstreaming of key nutrition indicators into the CAADP results and monitoring and evaluation frameworks, capacity development on the minimum dietary diversity score for women (in particular Angola and Niger), and development of an agricultural statistics action plan (Malawi).
- Supported policy dialogue and development of evidence-based nutrition sensitive agriculture policy and investment.
- Developed capacity in preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating evidence based policies, investments and programmes on food security and nutrition.
- Assembled and disseminated best practices to improve uptake of knowledge, technologies and good practices, including working with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) in establishing an African Centre for Best Practices, Capacity Development and South-South Cooperation.
Way forward in 2016-17
In 2016-17, FAO will continue supporting Africa’s commitment to end hunger by 2025, building on and adjusting for lessons learned in 2014-15.
More emphasis will also be placed on establishing an African Center for best practices, capacity development and South-South Cooperation. The Center will serve as a South-South Cooperation mechanism for catalyzing and facilitating learning and innovation; connecting national, regional and global policy makers and practitioners for hunger eradication purposes.
Through the Regional Initiative, FAO will accelerate the implementation of the strategy and roadmap of the Malabo Declaration at Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and participating countries levels. It will seek to strengthen the programming, mechanisms, capacity and delivery of actions needed to operationalize commitment to end hunger by 2025. Mapping exercises will identify gaps and determine the requisite interventions to enhance policy dialogue, mainstreaming food security and nutrition, coordination and capacity building for improved delivery.