Commission Wants More Investments In Agriculture


The African Union Com
mission (AUC) has advised African Governments to invest in agriculture for the continent’s faster growth and industrialisation.
The AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Mrs Rhoad Peace gave the advice yesterday while receiving Mr Lapodini Marc Atouga, ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, in Addis Ababa.
The Tide source  reports that Atouga held discussions with Peace at the just concluded 2014 Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System – ReSAKSS Conference.
The two officials reiterated the need for AU member states to follow the success stories of Brazil and some countries across Asia by deliberate investments in agriculture.
The AU commissioner commended ECOWAS member states for “the illuminating and constructive interventions during the panel discussions at the ReSAKSS Conference’’.
The continental body called on African governments to increase resources to the agricultural sector to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and funds from development partners.
The commission said African governments must create enabling environment for partners to exploit the enormous potentials that abounds in Africa.
“This will raise Africa’s global competitiveness, ensure food and nutrition security thereby reducing the continent’s food import bill and unleashing resources for socio-economic development.’’
The commissioner expressed confidence in Africa’s capacity to overcome conflict, disease and hunger to enable the continent meet its 2025 hunger-free -Africa target.
The two officials assured of collaborative efforts on the Fouta Dljallon Integrated Highland Development programme and AU Malabo Declaration on Accelerated African Agriculture Growth and Transformation.