The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) together called a virtual meeting of Agriculture Ministers from African Countries to discuss the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on food security and nutrition.
The AU Specialist Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and the Environment, opened a dialogue with the African Agriculture Ministers to identify actions which are being taken and identify the priority actions necessary in order to minimise the effects of COVID-19.
The committee also reviewed the strategic aims and links, together with the implications of achieving the Malabo Declaration goals on accelerated growth and agricultural transformation for shared prosperity and improved ways of life, boosting the agenda to achieve food and nutritional security, a reduction in poverty, boosting inter-African trade, and improving resilience to climate change, the related shocks and disasters.
During the virtual meeting, the African Union Agriculture Ministers spoke about social protection in the sense of guaranteeing an effective response and inclusive recovery within the context of COVID-19 in Africa; calendars for crops and recommended actions during the COVID-19 outbreak in the African region; measures to support internal markets during the COVID-19 outbreak in Africa, and inter-African trade, the African Continental
Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to safeguard the supply chains for consumables for small agricultural producers within the context of COVID-19 in Africa.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office