FAO Director-General attends African Union Summit

Graziano da Silva lends support to AU’s Malabo pledge to end hunger in Africa by 2025

30 January 2015, Addis Ababa - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today attended an African Union (AU) summit which is set to focus on a continent-wide commitment by governments to end hunger by 2025, and also on efforts to boost the role of women in achieving prosperity in Africa.

Heads of state and of government meeting in the Ethiopian capital were expected to discuss the AU's 2014 Malabo Declaration on ending hunger. A roadmap and implementation strategy to achieve this was launched earlier this week by the AU's Commission together with the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

"My presence at the AU summit, where the Malabo implementation strategy and road map have been presented and approved by heads of state, is crucial for FAO," said Graziano da Silva. "We have accompanied the AU and NEPAD since the beginning of this journey, and will continue to do so until we get a hunger free Africa with the participation of key stakeholders governments, private sector, civil society, youth and women."

FAO supported the formulation of the post-Malabo Implementation Strategy and Roadmap, including bringing together representatives from the public, private and civil society sectors to identify actions aimed at reducing post-harvest loss and food waste.

Over the past year the Organization also facilitated major advocacy events at a global and continental level, including an international conference on family farming in Angola and the 2014 African Union Commission's Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security.

Empowering Africa's women

The two-day AU summit in Addis Ababa's agenda includes the theme 2015 - Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063. The initiative focuses on ways to enhance the potential women have to bring about change in Africa.

Graziano da Silva's attendance at the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit, comes at the invitation of the African Union Commission and is a continuation of the partnership between the AU and FAO that has developed into concrete programmes including the African Solidarity Trust Fund.

Photo: ©FAO
Female farmers working on their lands in Burundi.

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