Three years after the G8 Summit at L’Aquila, Italy, the international community reaffirms the importance of food security to development, inclusive economic growth and the dignity of all women and men. In that spirit, they welcome the success of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) in demonstrating African ownership and leadership, its call for expanded public and private investment in agriculture and desire to build on the progress that African governments have made in advancing a vision for agricultural development in Africa.
At the May 18, 2012 G8 Summit at Camp David, President Obama announced the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is a shared commitment and partnership between African leaders, donors, and private sector partners to achieve sustained and inclusive agricultural growth and raise 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years.
The New Alliance focuses primarily on catalyzing private sector investment across African agriculture value chains. It builds on the G8 commitments made at L’Aquila and supports the accelerated implementation of existing frameworks including AU/NEPAD’s Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Plan (CAADP) which in Ghana is the Medium Term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan (METASIP) and the African Union and World Economic Forum’s Grow Africa platform.
Through New Alliance Cooperation Frameworks, initially launched at the Camp David Summit (with the participation of three countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania), accelerated progress toward the goal of sustained and inclusive agriculture growth and poverty reduction will be achieved by each partner taking a leadership role: African leaders commit to refine policies in order to improve investment opportunities and accelerate the implementation of their country‐led plans on food security; private sector partners, who have already committed more than $3 billion to agriculture in SSA, and agree to increase investment in agriculture where the conditions are favourable; and, G‐8 members and other development partners will align their support to country-developed plans to expand Africa’s potential for rapid and sustained agricultural growth, and provide resources and other development tools specifically aimed at creating a positive enabling environment, and ensure accountability for the New Alliance.
Ghana launches the New Alliance on Food Security and Nutrition in Accra on 29th August, 2012 at the Holiday Inn. ‘’The theme for the launch is accelerating private sector investment in agriculture”. It brings all partners together to re-commit to their roles and develop a 12-month work plan on activities to be implemented. Partners will deliberate on elements of the cooperation agreement and make recommendations for implementation to ensure that it is domesticated to effectively contribute towards Ghana’s goals in the METASIP for growth and development, the continent-wide agenda for agriculture development under CAADP and the global goal of ending hunger.
For more information on the G8 New Alliance on Food Security and Nutrition, go to Development Partners’ Menu of this Website or http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/18/fact-sheet-g-8-action-food-security-and-nutrition