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FAO and NEPAD ink agreement to roll out African Union plans

New partnership for agricultural development and food and nutrition security

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the CEO of NEPAD

29 October 2015, Rome- FAO and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) have joined forces to boost their respective interventions in support of agricultural development and food and nutrition security in the African continent.

An agreement signed today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and the CEO of NEPAD’s planning and coordination branch, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, focuses on priority areas for cooperation including investment plans, youth employment, nutrition, social protection, climate change, resilience and food losses.

It will also provide a platform to address cross-cutting issues such as gender, South-South cooperation to enhance food security as well as communication and advocacy actions.

Calling the longstanding cooperation with NEPAD “outstanding” FAO Director-General hailed the “significant results” achieved since the beginning of the joint work to support the implementation of programs under the leadership of the African Union. “Now our challenge is to promote youth employment in rural areas, especially in the agriculture areas”, he said.

The new joint effort strengthens the implementation of the Framework of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Africa’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all.

“FAO is a strategic partner,” said NEPAD’s CEO. “This memorandum reflects the quality of our cooperation and encompasses all areas of cooperation but fundamentally the issue of youth employment”, Mayaki added.  

To that end he said in the context of the “Rural Futures” program, a joint FAO-NEPAD four-year project was launched last May that aims to create decent employment opportunities for young women and men in rural areas through the development of rural enterprises in sustainable agriculture and agribusiness along strategic value chains, responds to an evident need.

“The demographics of Africa make it vital to put youth and women at the center of our policies,” he said. “I am convinced that the quality of the cooperation we have will benefit them enormously.”


The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), an African Union strategic framework for pan-African socio-economic development, is both a vision and a policy framework for Africa in the twenty-first century. NEPAD is spearheaded by African leaders, to address critical challenges facing the continent, including poverty and development.