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Investing in agriculture for ACP countries

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Monday, 10 October 2005

Investing in agriculture for ACP countries

The visit of Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of FAO, to the ACP Group of Ambassadors, was the occasion to alert the ACP policy-makers and the European community on the importance of the agriculture for the ACP countries and the little attention paid to its funding. Agriculture and rural economic activities are essential for growth, poverty reduction and food security especially for the poorer countries in the region. However trends in public resource mobilisation for agriculture and rural development (in terms of both domestic spending and Official Development Assistance) do not reflect that important role. Estimates are provided for incremental public resource needs for the ACP countries to meet the WFS goal of halving hunger by 2015.

CTA is organising for next February 2006 together with FAO, the ACP Secretariat, the European Commission, the Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires and the ROPPA a workshop to raise awareness on the future of the agriculture farming and the role of the farmers organisations in the agricultural sector in the ACP countries.