On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the African Jane Karuku, President of AGRA, said: “We share the AU’s vision for an Africa that is free of hunger; an Africa that boasts a strong agricultural sector that provides food, labour and wealth for all groups of society.”
Karuku said the theme for this year’s summit ‘Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance’ is fitting.
He said he remained optimistic about Africa’s future, especially given the tremendous advances witnessed across the whole continent, in research laboratories, in the fields, in the marketplace and at the policy level.
The AGRA President further said as they forecast on Africa’s journey over the next half century Africans must not lose sight of the practical actions they can take today.
The AU has designated 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security.
Thirty African leaders have pledged to commit at least 10% of their budget to raise agricultural productivity under the AU’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.
“The pressure is now on governments to live up to their commitments,” said Karuku.
In March this year, Karuku met with Tumusiime Rhoda Peace (African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture) to agree on a number of partnership opportunities, notably to support women in agriculture and to sustain commitments and policy actions made under CAADP.