By Jimoh Babatunde
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture ,IICA; the African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) and Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, AGRA, will this month organised a summit on “Building Bridges for Cooperation in Agrifood System Transformation”
The summit, which is the first Summit of Africa and the Americas, will seek to enhance cooperation between the two continents on Agrifood Systems amid global threats to food security.
In a release made available to Vanguard by Ag. Head of Communications, AUDA-NEPAD, Mwanja Ng’anjo, the Ministers of Agriculture, national senior officials in the fields of environment, science and technology, heads of international organizations and private sector representatives are expected to attend the summit.
The high-level meeting “Building Bridges for Cooperation in Agrifood System Transformation” will take place at the headquarters of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 27 to 29 July.
The Summit is being organized by IICA, the African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) and AGRA, who agree that both continents face common challenges in advancing agrifood system transformation and will benefit from sharing of experiences to foster collaboration within the framework of South-South Cooperation.
Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA; Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA; and Nardos Bekele-Thomas, Executive Director of AUDA-NEPAD, will open the ministerial meeting on July 27.
The Summit will take place at a time when a partnership between Africa and the Americas is more important than ever: the Russia Ukraine Conflict has destabilized world commodity markets and global trade flows, leading to an increase in global food and input prices.
The Conflict has also negatively impacted recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in many countries in Africa and the Americas, where food security has worsened and is expected to continue deteriorating.
The hybrid Summit is the most important event within the framework of joint efforts between leaders of Africa and the Americas to align their priorities based on productive, environmental, cultural and historical similarities and common challenges with respect to agrifood systems.
At the Summit, ministers and officials will identify areas of joint work and cooperation between the two regions, as well as the operational and financial mechanisms required to mobilize the necessary resources to increase the productivity, inclusion, and sustainability of agrifood systems. They will focus on five key areas: Science, technology and innovation, including biotechnology