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    Sustainable food systems through diversification and indigenous vegetables

The African continent is taking determined steps to strengthen its agricultural sector and, in doing so, to end hunger. Our aim is to support African institutions, farmers’ organisations and international partners in making this reality.

Our analysis and research informs policies, investment plans and strategies related directly and indirectly to food security. These may involve agriculture and trade, but also private sector development or climate change.

We bring different partners together in work for food security, aligning efforts, stimulating dialogue and building partnerships. We are a strong advocate of policy coherence for development, stressing that policies in domains other than agriculture should not hold back or undo progress made towards food security. Our ultimate goal is effective and workable policies designed to build strong regional agricultural markets in Africa and to bring sufficient nutritional food within the reach of all.

For the past five years, our activities have centred on Africa’s foremost initiative to structurally address food insecurity: the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). That programme was set up in 2003 to boost African agriculture – nationally, regionally and at the continental level. We have focused particularly on CAADP’s continental and regional aspects.

We work together with the African Union Commission, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the African regional economic communities (RECs), regional farmers’ organisations, the private sector, think tanks and international development partners.