Strategies to end hunger in Africa by 2025 (Malabo, Equatorial Guinea)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) director general José Graziano da Silva last month congratulated the African leaders that attended the AU Summit, for “raising the bar” in the fight against hunger.
The continent’s renewed effort to boost regional food security included strengthening the Africa-owned Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) strategy by including links to social protection, establishing an Africa-for-Africa South-South Cooperation food security trust fund and committing to eradicating chronic hunger by 2025.
During the AU General Assembly session, African leaders formally committed to a number of bold goals to reflect ‘The Vision of the Agriculture We Want’.
“There is an urgent need to value our local and traditional nutritious food and bring back the issue of eating well,” said Graziano da Silva.
He added that a major priority was to slash the food import bill and reduce dependence on imports.
The summit was themed, ‘Transforming Africa’s agriculture for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods, through harnessing opportunities for inclusive growth and sustainable development’.
The summit marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of the CAADP – a region-wide cooperative effort aimed at boosting agricultural productivity in the region.
Graziano da Silva noted that the CAADP”belonged” to Africa.
“True and sustainable development needs to grow from within, and that is what CAADP is about,” he said.
The Union designated 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa while the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund announced support for four new sub-regional projects aimed at increasing food security and nutrition in 24 African countries. –