Rwanda hosts Regional Conference on Sustainable Food and Agriculture

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On 17 September 2016 saa 03:40
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Rwanda is set to host the workshop dubbed “Towards productive, sustainable and inclusive agriculture, forestry and fisheries in support to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Africa,” in Kigali, Rwanda from 19th to 21st September ,2016.

The workshop aims at supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Africa’s agricultural transformation agenda and identify priorities for action in the context of FAO’s Regional Initiative 2 (RI2) on “Sustainable Intensification of Production and Value Chains Development in Africa” which, for the year 2016/2017, focuses on 9 countries in Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia).

In September 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development expected to shape their development programs for the next 15 years.

In the African region, the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods and the CAADP Implementation Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2025 provides a new vision for agriculture, emphasizing the role of agriculture in contributing to broader strategies for structural economic transformation and inclusive growth. Achieving the SDGs in Africa is closely linked to the implementation of this new vision.

FAO has developed an approach aimed at enhancing the contributions of agriculture, forestry and fisheries to sustainable development. Based on a set of principles for Sustainable food and agriculture (SFA), FAO promotes policy dialogue and the development of joint and coordinated actions involving governmental bodies of different Ministries, the private sector and civil society. At regional and country levels, FAO is supporting this primarily through Regional Initiatives.

Around 40 senior government officials from agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and associated finance and economic planning departments, FAO Representatives, representatives from civil society and the private sector from the countries of the FAO Regional Initiative RI2 will attend the workshop.

There will be also a half-day National Dialogue on Agriculture and the Agenda 2030 – Achieving key Sustainable Development Goals in Agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Rwanda