First Malabo Biennial Report: Good Progress but More Remains to be done.

CARE International (CI), the Graça Machel Trust (GMT) and the Food, Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) welcome the first Malabo Biennial Report on the Malabo Commitment to accelerate Agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods.

Reflecting on the launch of the report,[1] Dr. Tobias Takavarasha, the Chief Executive Officer of FANRPAN said,

“The timely release of the report is a demonstration of commitment by Member States and the African Union to increase investment in agriculture. We commend African Heads of States and Governments and the African Union Commission (AUC) on the expeditious biennial reporting process. We especially congratulate the 20 countries that have reported to be ontrack for achieving the commitments by 2025. This process will certainly prevent Governments and other non-state actors from backtracking on the Malabo commitments”

When African leaders signed the Malabo Declaration in 2014, they reconfirmed that agriculture should remain high on the development agenda of the continent as a means to end hunger and halve poverty by 2025. This calls for a significant shift in the way agriculture has been handled across the continent. However, inspite of the threat of climate change, a significant number of AU member states continue to rely on rain-fed agriculture.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018