African leaders have vowed to improve sustainable food systems and aid agricultural production in order to defeat hunger.
This resolution was made during the Presidents’ Summit at the ongoing AGRF 2021 summit, hosted by the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Dessalegn, and the AGRF Partners Group.
The AGRF is a global forum that is aimed at improving agriculture in Africa by assembling stakeholders to deliver practical actions that boost the agricultural industry in Africa.
African leaders at the summit included sitting and former heads of state and governments, as well as heads of private sectors.
The session was chaired by the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, who encouraged African nations to collaborate and be proactive in ensuring that sustainable food systems are improved.
“The call to accelerate actions and make commitments to deliver resilient food systems is urgent. We must identify immediate actions and steps that are required to fast track progress and recovery towards inclusive agricultural transformation,” Kenyatta said.
He also noted that the disruption and pressure on Africa’s food system was also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He called for joint efforts by leaders and stakeholders in the agricultural sector towards creating sustainable and resilient food systems in the continent.
Dignitaries present at the summit include African Development Bank President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed; and the Presidents of Rwanda, Uganda, and Malawi.
On his part, Adesina said, “To fully unlock the potential of agriculture in Africa, we must raise productivity; ensure value chains are well developed; develop infrastructure; and boost the private sector to produce healthy, nutritious & affordable food.”