President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has stated that Africa will take a common position at the next United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in the United States next month.
According to a statement provided by the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) at the end of last month, Kagame mentioned this when he spoke at the official opening of the UNFSSS Pre-Summit in the Italian capital Rome on July 26, 2021.
The African Union’s implementing agency is Nepad. According to Kagame, Nepad has been assisting African national governments with the UNFSS process in order for the continent to have a single perspective ahead of the US summit.
Rwanda is the African Union’s (AU) chair, and Kagame is the chair of the Nepad heads of state and government orientation committee as a result.
He stated that the African common view is in keeping with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Africa’s key areas.
Africa, according to Kagame, will adopt nutritious food policies, support local markets to gain access to food, invest in agro-processing, make agricultural financing available, and assist stakeholder farmers in forming cooperatives and ensuring women’s participation in food production as part of its priority areas to transform food production.
He added that Africa will invest in early warning systems for climate change and that the UNFSS should take quick action to modernize food systems, particularly in light of the time lost due to the global pandemic of Covid-19.
Digital and biotechnology, according to Kagame, have a role in global food production, but African farmers lack access to this technology. The UNFSS will be held in New York in September 2021.