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Thursday, November 7, 2013

AU, UNICEF, WHO partner on Africa Food Nutrition Security Day’13

The 4th ADFNS ended in the city of Niamey, capital of Niger under the joint partnership of the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Agency Government of Niger and partners such as United Nations International Children Education Function (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) amongst others.

NaijaAgroNet gathered that the event held as part of the 2013 commemoration on October 30, under the theme “Toward an African Renaissance: Achieving the Right to Adequate Food and Nutrition”.

This, organizers said was in line with the 50th anniversary celebration of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the Year of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance.

ADFNS, celebrated annually on the 30 of October, aims to create a platform in which concerned stakeholders can discuss solutions and make recommendations on food security issues in Africa.

“It is also a platform to strengthen the momentum towards achieving the Millennium Develop­ment Goals (MDGs) and to assess what happens after the 2015 deadline,” officials confided in NaijaAgroNet.

AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, told NaijaAgroNet that the African Union Commission accords special importance to this year’s ADFNS,  as a prelude to 2014 the AU declared Year of Agriculture and Food and Nutrition  Security and also marking the 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

“Day remains an opportunity for all AU Member States, Governments, stakeholders and partners to heighten our awareness of and reinforce our commitment to accelerating our collective efforts towards a food and nutrition secure, and poverty Africa,” she said.

Mrs. Tumusiime said increasing agricultural production, productivity food and nutrition security, features highly on Africa Agenda 2063, which will be considered for adoption by AU Heads of State and Government at their Summit in January, 2014.

For the Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Agency, Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, the proven solutions for food and nutrition security challenges already exist and needed to be replicated.

“The era of pilots projects is long gone and it is now time to take actions. The private sector is a valuable partner in the fight against malnutrition whereas civil society remains our most important voice of conscience” he declared.

NaijaAgroNet notes that AUC delegation was led by H.E. Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, and was joined by high-level leaders from global, regional and national agriculture associations, African and other governments, civil society and farmer’s organizations, the private sector, scientific and research institutions, and development partners.

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