CTA Director Michael Hailu attended the AU annual conference, as well as related agriculture-focused meetings. Among these was a high-level event to mark the closure of the 2014 AU Year of Agriculture and Food Security and the launch of the post-Malabo implementation strategy and roadmap.
The Malabo Declaration – the Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods – was adopted by the AU in June 2014. It consists of seven commitments, including ending hunger in Africa by 2025. Other pledges include: enhancing investment finance in agriculture; ensuring that agriculture contributes to reducing poverty by at least half by 2025; mutual accountability; and enhancing the resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate variability. The declaration makes a recommitment to the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) process.
The draft implementation strategy and roadmap, developed to turn the Malabo Declaration into concrete results, was presented to the AU Executive Council for consideration during the January 2015 summit.
Accompanied by Yihenew Zewdie, Senior Technical Advisor for Policies and Markets at CTA, Michael Hailu also held meetings with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and the country’s Agricultural Transformation Agency to discuss possible support packages and partnerships for implementation of the livestock value chain component of the Centre’s Eastern Africa Regional Business Plan.