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The African Ministerial Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture
"Africa: A Call to Action"
3 October 2011


Preamble

The Ministers responsible for Agriculture and representatives of Countries present at the African Ministerial Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture - "Africa: A Call to Action", held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 13 to 14 September 2011 have agreed to this communiqué:

Recognizing the role of agriculture in generating economic growth and raising incomes among the very poor and small holders, as well as contributing to sustainable development;

Recognizing that food security, poverty and climate change are closely linked and should not be considered separately;

Recognizing that climate-smart agriculture offers integrated approaches to green growth, food security, adaptation and mitigation, and is important in building resilient landscapes and communities' adaptive capacity;

Affirming that Africa's priorities are to implement climate change programmes and projects to attain development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, in particular to eradication of poverty with emphasis on achieving food security, especially for the most vulnerable groups;

Recognizing that without strong adaptation and mitigation measures, and the financing to support them, poverty eradication and food security goals will not be reached;

Guided by the role played by the Committee of Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in providing political guidance and leadership in forging common African positions in the on-going international climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC;

Recalling the outcomes of the 13th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment in Bamako, Mali, June 23 to 25 2010, which re-affirmed that adaptation is the priority for Africa and that there is an urgent need for immediate support for the continent's implementation of adaptation measures;

Affirming Africa's commitment to the allocation of at least 10 % of national budgetary resources to agriculture and rural development policy implementation;

Recalling the Monterrey Consensus on Financing for Development, which committed to a broad-based development agenda taking into account poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and economic growth and which called upon donors to commit to a target of 0.7% of GDP towards official development assistance;

Recalling the collective commitment as per Cancun Agreement by developed countries to provide new and additional resources and investments through international institutions, approaching USD 30 billion for the period 2010-2012, with a balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation. Recognizing that developed countries commit to a goal of mobilizing jointly USD 100 billion per year by 2020 to address the adaptation and mitigation actions of developing countries;

Emphasizing that as per Cancun Agreements, adaptation funding will be prioritized for vulnerable developing countries, such as the least developed countries, small island developing States and Africa;

Affirming the importance of implementing the AUC-NEPAD Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation-Mitigation Framework;

Recognizing the importance of cooperation with non-governmental and civil society organizations, as well as the private sector, in implementing agriculture and rural development programmes and activities;

Expressing appreciation for the efforts and support of all partners to promote climate-smart agriculture and food security;

Affirming the important role that women, the youth, farmers, civil society, and the private sector play in sustainable development, and the need for their effective involvement in driving Africa's climate-smart agriculture and food security agenda;

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