13 January 2021 – The recent Covid-19 health crisis has revealed the resilient capacities of African agriculture especially in the Sahel
The recent Covid-19 health crisis has revealed the resilient capacities of African agriculture. The industry had to face the closing of borders, a drop in the purchasing power in urban areas, major disruptions in the international market of raw materials and the availability of agricultural labour. Despite these challenges there has been a high demand for food products in cities with a powerful incentive to increase local production.
Under these conditions, more than ever, agriculture should be one of the main levers of development on the continent. In this respect, a paradigm shift appears indispensable. Thus, the modernisation of this sector, particularly through agro-ecology, digital agriculture, and social business, must once again become a priority. It is an economic, social, environmental, security and democratic issue.
To meet these multidimensional challenges, more than hundred operators from all parts of the agricultural value chain, launched on the sidelines of the One Planet Summit 2021 by IAM Africa.
A coalition of private and public actors have committed to the sanctuarisation of biodiversity, a global common good, and to the development of sustainable agricultural sectors.
The multilateral initiative was formalised in the presence of the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, the president of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazaouani, and HRH Prince of Wales.
Knowing that Africa represents an exceptional lever of growth, companies and employers’ organisations in the African and European institutions in the agricultural and livestock sectors have decided to join forces to form a team with multiple expertise that are driven by the common desire to provide an appropriate response to this major issue.
With this shared ambition, the signatories of the present charter intend to jointly develop value chains taking into account African issues. Since co-development is at the heart of the ethics shared by all the signatories, a significant part of these activities will be the responsibility of local actors, which is promoting technology transfers and the appropriation of the know-how necessary to the sustainable implementation of the agricultural and livestock production sectors envisaged by IAM Africa.
“The objective of the signatories, through their commitment to deploying this approach in most Africa, is to participate in the promotion of a strategy combining social, environmental and economic development in the service of prosperity but also the preservation of biodiversity and more generally the stability of the continent”, says Karim Ait Talb, co-founder of the initiative and deputy managing director of the Advens/Géocoton Group.
Structuring and boosting agricultural value chains in the Sahel
The signatory partners of this coalition specifically commit themselves to participate in the achievement of the 2030 objectives of “the Great Green Wall”. The Sahelian strip is identified as one of the global hotspots of climate change. In this region, it is essential to provide answers to the tensions on natural resources to meet the objectives of sustainable development and preserve biodiversity. The structuring of agro-livestock value chains that encourage the deployment of agro-ecological practices and the creation of decent and sustainable jobs will be an important response to the adaptation of the region’s populations and to the mitigation of the effects of climate change, particularly in terms of migration flows and security challenges.
“The Presidential Council for Africa has been mobilised since 2018 for the structuring of the agricultural value chains in the Sahel and has conducted several missions to meet field actors in order to work on concrete solutions that have an impact on nutrition, on the creation of decent jobs and on the inclusion of vulnerable populations. IAM Africa is a new scheme where French, African and international companies who commit and are ready to invest in the agro-ecological sectors of the future. I invite all companies who share these values to sign the charter available on the CPA website”, says Wilfrid Lauriano Do Rego, partner of the initiative and coordinator of the Council for Africa (CPA).
Adialea – JV Carrefour CFAO
Biopost – Cofuna
Cabinet Emergence Légal
Chambre Nationale d’Agriculture du Faso
Dalkia Froid Solution
Ecole Supérieure d’Agricultures Angers Loire
Entrepreneur agricole Togo
Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
GDM – Agriconcept
Groupement des Industries du Togo
Mairie d’Angers / Angers Loire Métropole
Vinci Construction – Sogéa Satom
Conseil Présidentiel pour l’Afrique