U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Joint Statement on Food Security

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Joint Statement on Food Security

The African Union and the United States reaffirm their shared dedication to knowing African foodstuff protection by creating a strategic partnership to guide and speed up their operate.

This strategic framework will reference and create on current bilateral, regional, multilateral, non-governmental, and philanthropic initiatives to progress foodstuff security and will leverage the public and non-public sectors to address immediate and acute meals and fertilizer needs in the short-term– which include by addressing foods provides that have been disrupted – and market transformational investments in medium-to long- phrase sustainable and resilient food devices.

We seek to make concrete progress on the small-phrase targets and to build a plan of motion for the lengthier-expression plans by the African Union’s Summit in February 2023.

An Urgent Imperative    

The compounding effects of the global pandemic, the local climate disaster, large energy and fertilizer prices, as perfectly as protracted conflicts, including Russia’s war in Ukraine, have spurred U.S. and African leaders to refocus and scale community and private sector investments to support resolve the root will cause of the food crisis that has had a disproportionate effect on African nations.

We understand the essential significance of strengthening, defending, and accelerating development toward obtaining African foods stability to help African nations around the world to trade additional and boost connectivity to vital agricultural marketplaces. We also admit the important value of agriculture as a source of millions of employment and livelihoods throughout the continent, such as between youth and females.  We even more notice the tremendous untapped opportunity the continent signifies, household to more than 60 per cent of the world’s unused arable farmland, and the opportunity that signifies in terms of Africa’s job in addressing world-wide food insecurity. By this strategic partnership, we intend to make the most of all diplomatic, multilateral, technological, and money instruments to make more powerful and diversified foods techniques and source chains, to scale Africa’s agricultural creation ability and to commit in much more resilient agricultural sectors.

We reaffirm the commitments of the Detailed Africa Agriculture Growth Plan (CAADP), the Malabo Declaration and its Simply call to Action, and the Worldwide Food stuff Security Summit held on the margins of the United Nations Normal Assembly, for emergency help as effectively as medium- to long-expression investments for resilient food techniques to address persistent food items insecurity as properly as the precedence steps outlined in the Global Fiscal Establishments (IFI) Motion System to Deal with Food Insecurity and the African Progress Bank’s African Crisis Food items Production System. We also take note the Dakar Worldwide Convention on Agriculture to be co-hosted by the Governing administration of Senegal and AfDB on January 25-27, 2023.

We also figure out the importance of intensifying efforts associated to weather adaptation, soil overall health and fertility, and the common use of enhanced agricultural inputs.

U.S.-Africa Food stuff Protection Framework

To satisfy these ambitions, this U.S.-Africa strategic partnership will tackle equally brief-term and for a longer time-time period priorities.  The United States is fully commited to leveraging its exceptional convening electrical power to bring together the private sector and worldwide fiscal institutions to handle underinvestment and to detect and clear away obstructions that impede Africa’s comprehensive participation in world food and fertilizer supply chains and marketplaces. In transform, the African Union will politically dedicate that participating AU users will handle and remove hurdles that impede agriculture-centered investments. 
In the brief-phrase:

  • Identify signifies for Africa to secure additional diverse and resilient resources of grain and fertilizer provide – in the extremely in close proximity to phrase and on a industrial basis – to fulfill its quick demands.
  • In which there is an acute need for humanitarian support, we will do the job collectively to give quick lifestyle-saving aid, which include dollars, foodstuff and nourishment supplies—including where doable, by sourcing from the continent—to prevent famine or malnutrition, even though serving to to put together for potential shocks and pilot resilient investments.

In the medium- and lengthy-phrase, the United States and Africa will exert leadership to address serious underinvestment and plan shortcomings with regard to agriculture and foods programs, in live performance with other eager partners to:

  • Discover methods to make improvements to Africa’s accessibility to worldwide markets for agricultural commodities.
  • Emphasize the great importance of African governments carrying out the plan reforms desired to reach foodstuff safety, notably by increasing land entry, maximizing the organization environment, promoting open trade, and strengthening very good governance. 
  • Determine and encourage chances for transformative medium- to extended-expression investments from governments, the non-public sector – including the U.S. personal sector, and multilateral growth banks to strengthen the local weather-resilience of agriculture and foods techniques, boost efficiency, and enhance sustainability. 
  • Improve the trusted and sustainable accessibility to fertilizers and their inputs, with a focus on climate-wise options, soil management and fertilizer efficiency techniques, to prevent shortages, minimize dependency on single-source fertilizer producers, aid maximize level of competition among the fertilizer producers, and assist raise crop yields in susceptible African food items marketplaces.
  • Concentrate on diversifying the generation of agricultural commodities, together with core commodities and classic crops. This includes strengthening the physical and digital infrastructure and logistical provide chains to deliver fertilizers and develop food stuff and to cultivate, retail store and transportation foods efficiently. In addition, this energy will seek to boost transportation of food within regional meals marketplaces to bolster inter-regional trade and lower solitary provider dependency of African food items methods. 
  • Promote effective agricultural generation tactics, approaches, and investigate and advancement throughout the total agricultural ecosystem, including bigger accessibility to innovative financial equipment.