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NEPAD and FAO reiterate their commitment

The Partnership requests FAO support for a more inclusive growth in rural areas
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FAO Director-General Jose' Graziano Da Silva meeting Mr. Mayaki, CEO NEPAD, FAO headquarters.

14 June 2013, Rome, Italy. During a meeting today with FAO Director General, the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, showed its appreciation for a decade of close work between the two agencies. “We have benefited enormously from FAO in all ways, from knowledge to capacity development”, Mayaki stated.

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was a key issue during the bilateral meeting held today. Since the Maputo Declaration, each of the 54 African governments that belong to the partnership is urged to devote to devote 10% of the national budget to contribute to rising the agricultural production at least by 6%. FAO supports this spending standard and the CAADP and investment plans have become a useful framework for the member countries.

As it was discussed during the meeting, FAO is also deeply engaged with the African Union with NEPAD that is its technical arm and the Lula Institute in the organization of the High Level Meeting that will take place in Addis Abbeba on June 30th and July 1st 2013.. NEPAD’s CEO renewed their commitment to the High level meeting and their full commitment in the implementation of the recommendations.

NEPAD has recently launched The Rural Futures, for which president Yayi Boni of Benin is the champion. In that sense, the South African head-quartered partnership requested the support of the Organization in a more inclusive growth in rural areas. FAO Director-General confirmed FAO’s support to The Rural futures.