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Former Tanzanian President Kikwete named CTA goodwill ambassador

For immediate release - Wageningen, 24 June 2016

June 24, 2016
  • East Africa

Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has been appointed as a goodwill ambassador by CTA. The nomination was made in recognition of Mr. Kikwete’s significant contribution in promoting agriculture in Tanzania, and across the African continent as a whole.

kikwete inlineMr. Kikwete (left) and Prof. Kamuzora (right) during the nomination. Prof. Kamuzora is a member of the CTA Executive Board.

"We are immensely pleased and honoured that President Kikwete has accepted our request to become CTA's goodwill ambassador and support our work in promoting sustainable agriculture as an engine for inclusive growth and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries," said CTA Director Michael Hailu. "I am confident that he will make a valuable contribution to CTA's agenda of advancing sustainable agriculture for food security, nutrition and inclusive economic growth."

As part of his role, Mr. Kikwete will engage with high level policy makers in the public and private sector to advocate for the transformation of agriculture in Africa from its current subsistence form to a dynamic sector that will produce adequate and nutritious food for all people, create decent jobs for youth and women, and contribute to the continent's prosperity. He will participate in various international meetings and speak to the media to advocate the key and transformative role of smallholder agriculture in achieving the SDGs in Africa.

Accepting the nomination, Mr. Kikwete said he looked forward to promoting sustainable agriculture as a way of driving inclusive growth and prosperity in Africa.

"I have always been strongly committed to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa," said the former Tanzanian President, who was in office from 2005 to 2015 and was Chairperson of the African Union from 2008 to 2009. "I am confident that this appointment will boost our collective effort to transform agriculture as a real engine of growth, food security and job creation for millions of people, especially women and young people."

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For more information, please contact:
Stéphane Gambier
Senior Programme Coordinator/Communication, CTA
E-mail: gambier@cta.int 
Tel.: +31 (0)317 46 71 79