East Africa member states have been urged to scale up agriculture investment plans at respective national levels and strengthen linkages with Biennial review processes.
The request was made during the EAC High Level Forum on Inaugural Biennial Review Report of Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Recognition of the Best Youth Agripreneurs.
The forum was hosted on Wednesday in Arusha, Tanzania.
Partner States are challenged to fully embrace and institutionalize Joint Sector Review as a key mechanism for ensuring inclusive, efficient and effective delivery of the Malabo mutual accountability commitment.
The Malabo declaration adopted in 2014 seeks to Transform Africa’s Agriculture for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods through Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, also marking the tenth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
According to the current Chair of the EAC Sectoral Council on Agriculture and Food Security, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, promoting youth employment in agriculture is a top priority under Malabo Declaration Commitment 4 which focuses on halving poverty by the year 2025.
Meanwhile, Rwanda is hailed for being the best performing country in implementing the seven (7) commitments under Malabo Declaration in the Inaugural Biennial Report presented to the AU General Assembly in January 2018.
Hon. Christophe Bazivamo. the Forum, EAC Deputy Secretary General in-charge of Productive and Social Sectors, told the forum to take the Biennial Review process as an important mutual accountability yard stick for tracking progress, informing and influencing evidence-based agricultural planning and investment decisions.
The climax of the Forum was award of financial grants and certificates to the 6 Best Youth agripreneurs in the EAC with outstanding models in agribusiness that have contributed to food and nutrition security, wealth creation and employment.
The Forum was jointly oraganized by the EAC Secretariat, African Union Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on the margins of the 11thSectoral Council on Agriculture and Food Security.