Strengthening the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) to address Food Security and Poverty Reduction in Africa
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Room: Casino, Salle Ivoire I
Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30 am
News, Papers, Press Releases
- Hon. Dr. Agnes KALIBATA, StateMinister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Kigali, Rwanda
- Mrs. Rhoda Peace TUMUSIIME, Commissioner, Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Dr. Namanga NGONGI, President, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
- Dr. Kamal ELKHESHEN, Vice President, Sector Operations, AfDB
Many parts of Africa suffer from insufficient food security. Decreased food production per capita in Africa has led to malnutrition, poverty and hunger. NEPAD’s goal for Africa is to achieve a 6% annual agricultural growth rate by 2015. Average levels of fertilizer use in Africa are 1/10th of the world average and make NEPAD’s goal unattainable. Fertilizer is an essential factor in boosting agricultural productivity. The African Heads of State Summit held in Abuja, Nigeria in June 2006, resolved to establish the AFFM. AFFM’s goal is to contribute to increasing fertilizer use fromits current level of about 10 to 50 kg/ha by 2015. The Heads of State Summit mandated the African Development Bank to establish the AFFM, in collaboration with the AU and UNECA and to host it. Since March 2007 AFFM Secretariat is hosted and supported by the Bank. Failure of RMCs and other donors to honor their pledges, AFFM is yet to become effective.
The proposed round-table will hope to bring together Ministers of Finance, Agriculture and Food Security, RECs, international development partners, Farmers’ organizations and NGOs and Civil Society organizations that have a stake in agricultural productivity, food securityand poverty reduction in Africa.
The participants of the Roundtable will discuss strategies to advocate for fertilizer-related issues to be put and maintained at the top of the international agenda. They will discuss how best to strengthen the capacity of AFFM to promote higher and safer use of fertilizer for enhanced agricultural productivity and to effectively alleviate food insecurity in Africa. The roundtable will provide an ideal platform to appeal for RMCs and Donors to honor theirpledges, as well as raise additional funds in support of AFFM.
- Governors' Working Documents (restricted access)
2010 AM Press Kit (5.0 MB)
2010 AM Information Bulletin (663 kB)
AfDB Group Annual Report 2009 (7.4 MB)