Saturday, 4 May 2013

News Release: Pre-High Level Consultative Workshop On Eradicating Hunger In Africa

Hungry Children Of Africa
The African Union in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Instituto Lula and the New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) have agreed to convene a High-Level Meeting for Africa that will serve as a high level advocacy event to support Africa’s initiatives and programmes to eliminate hunger.

The High Level meeting has the following objectives:

1. Renew the resolve and commitment on a common set of principles and concrete actions to ensure NEPAD overall, and Comprehensive African Agricultural Programme (CAADP) specifically, plays the role to coordinate and unify the different ongoing initiatives aimed at eradicating hunger in Africa.

2. Agree and commit to a set of principles, policies and strategies with a focus on a Zero Hunger strategy by facilitating support to integrate purpose-specific strategies and actions on comprehensive food-security and social development into the national and regional CAADP Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans.

3. Support African countries, their governments and organized civil society to incorporate successful experiences from Brazil and other countries.

Meeting between the FAO Director General, Mr. Graziano, the Former President of Brazil, Mr. Lula and the AUC Chairperson, Dr. Zuma, held in Addis Ababa on 21 November 2012, set the official starting of the Partnership between FAO, Instituto Lula (IL) and African Union in accelerating the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Africa.

The three Parties agreed that the HLM will be organized by a Joint Task Force composed by FAO, IL, AU/DREA, NEPAD/NPCA, Government of Ethiopia and the Office of the AUC Chairperson.

At the 2012 FAO Regional Conference for Africa, the Ministers of Agriculture and Heads of Delegation of the Member States, together with Civil Society Organizations, reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

To this effect, Instituto Lula, AU and FAO have organized a Pre-High Level Consultative workshop from 7 to 9 May 2013 at the Africa Union Head Quarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with the objective of:

• Adopt a common agenda of concrete activities to coordinate and unify the different ongoing initiatives aimed at overcoming the plight of African populations suffering from hunger.
• As part of the Zero Hunger Challenge, support the creation and implementation of comprehensive food-security and social-development plans at national, sub-regional and regional scopes, jointly with the African Union, African economic communities and other African players.
• Help African countries, their governments and organized civil society to incorporate successful experiences from Brazil and other countries.

Among others, this Pre-High level meeting will be attended by African Ministers of Agriculture and Rural Development, UN Representatives, AU Chairperson, and governments of Ethiopia, Brazil, China and Vietnam.

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AU Media Centre

U-Report: CD Criticizes S/E Fed. Legislators Over Failure To Fix S/E Roads

A Federal Road In South-East Nigeria

Report By: Campaign For Democracy South-East Region Publicity Arm

The Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Region has criticized the South-East legislators in the National Assembly for their failure to impress on the Federal Government to fix its roads within the zone.

 ``Most of them had preformed abysmally low and the zone is no longer comfortable with their non-performing representation,’’ the group said in a statement.

The statement, which was issued to news reporters in Onitsha, Anambra state, was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor, Chairman, Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Region.

``The South-East region is the worst zone affected by bad roads and gully erosion. Bad roads are affecting business and industrial activities within the zone.”

``Many lives had been lost, while goods worth billions of naira are destroyed.”

``The Federal roads are Onitsha-Awka-Enugu road, Ihiala-Orlu-Mbano road, Enugu-Port Harcourt and Owerri-Aba-Port Harcourt roads,’’ the statement said.

CD also urged the legislators to pursue the case for the building of the 2nd Niger Bridge, adding that ``It is not enough for approval for feasibility study to be given’’.

``Even as feasibility study is approved; there had been no sign to show that a study is going on’’ CD insisted.

The statement further said that CD was giving the lawmakers 30 days to commence action on the roads and the 2nd Niger bridge.