African Union, FAO launch project on ending hunger in Horn area

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today launched a technical cooperation project (TCP) to end hunger in the Horn of Africa region.

The one-year project is aimed at catalyzing concrete action on the ground to end hunger and domesticate the Malabo Declaration in six Horn of African countries, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.

Recurring and severe droughts have over the years caused widespread famine, ecological degradation and economic hardship in the Horn of Africa.

Although individual countries made substantial efforts to cope with the situation, there are still signs that the problem is still far from over, which demonstrate the need for a regional approach to supplement national efforts.

It is in this regard that AUC and FAO launched the project , the first of its kind in the series of expected projects for ending hunger in Africa.

“Ending Hunger in the Horn of Africa is the first project in a range of activities for translating the Malabo Commitments into concrete actions” said Ernest Ruzindaza Senior Advisor to the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.

As the horn of Africa is facing food insecurity aggravated by the recent El Nino effects, it is the right place to start with, Ruzindaza said.

FAO Sub-Regional Director for Eastern Africa, Dr. Patrick Kormawa said the partnership with AU related to the project is to put in place specific programs that will lead to the eradication of hunger in the horn of Africa.

Specific activities in this program include, documenting success stories what African countries done to end hunger and how they were applied it, put in place monetary mechanism and coordination mechanism among others, it was indicated.

“What we need to realize in the project is the commitment of governments, put programs in a holistic manner and consistency in the implementation of this program”, he elaborated.

The Malabo Declaration adopted by heads of AU member states in 2014, address similar goals to the CAADP, but with more specific targets and goals.

The member states committed themselves to end hunger by 2025, halve poverty by 2025 through inclusive agricultural growth and transformation, boosting intra-African trade in agricultural commodities and services, enhancing resilience in livelihoods and production systems to climate variability and other shocks, among others.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency