Health crisis reveals Africa’s agricultural resilience

The modernisation of the agricultural sector, particularly through agro-ecology has to become a priority. Image credit: Youmatter.

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).

Signatory organisation:
1T.org
Acacia
Adialea – JV Carrefour CFAO
ADM
AFA
African Commodities
Afruibana
Agir Ong
Agro-Paris-Tech
AWAN AFRICA
Baobab
Beit Mama
Biaugeaud
Biopost – Cofuna
Bolloré
Boloré Logistic
Boubou Lait
Brl
Bureau Veritas
Bureau Véritas
Bureau Véritas
CA17
Cabinet Emergence Légal
Ceva
Chambre Nationale d’Agriculture du Faso
CIAN
Cian
Cirad
Classm
CMDT
Colas
Compagnie fruitière
Coopex
Dalkia Froid Solution
Dijon Céréales
DSV
EBCAM
Ecole Supérieure d’Agricultures Angers Loire
Eilyps
Entrepreneur agricole Togo
Espace Sanzara
e-Tumba
Fert
FGM
Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
GDM – Agriconcept
Gito
GNIS
Groupe Initiative
Groupement des Industries du Togo
Hilina Foods
Innofaso
INVESTIV
Invivo
Invivo -Group
Isolvar
ISTOM
ISTOM
kanopiiis
Limagrain
Loukil
Mairie d’Angers / Angers Loire Métropole
Mali She
Marsh
Maya
MEDFI
Mg2mix
MGH Partners
Moringa
Neofeed
NIOTO
NITIDAE
Nutriguinée
Nutrik
Nutriset
Nutriset
OHVN
Olvea
One Point
Orange
Patronat Sénégalais
RIK TOGO
SAF Ingrédients
Sahel Délices
SAIS Distribution
SAM
Samil Industrial
Savana
Sedima
SN CITEC
Socoma
Sodefitex
Sofitex
Sowit
STA
Team Créatif
Tiviski
Tunisa Taste
UNPCB
Végépolys-Valley
Vergnet-Hydro
Verta Pro
Vinci Construction
Vinci Construction – Sogéa Satom
Vitagora
Vitagora
Conseil Présidentiel pour l’Afrique
Planet A

 

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