In 2003, African leaders pledged to increase support for agriculture. Known as Maputo Declaration, African leaders agreed to allocate at least 10 percent of budgetary resources to agriculture and to achieve 6 percent growth in agriculture sector to reduce poverty and food insecurity.
“Ripe for Change: The Promise of Africa’s Agricultural Transformation”, published by the ONE Campaign, reviews the accomplishments and the shortcomings since 2003 and provides ten recommendations to accelerate broad-based agricultural growth in Africa. The report recommends African leaders to:
- Make time-bound commitments to meet the Maputo pledge of spending at least 10% of national budgets on effective agriculture investments, through transparent and accountable budgets.
- Eliminate the gender gap in agriculture.
- Strengthen land governance and security of tenure rights.
- Reduce barriers to intra-regional trade.
- Increase R&D investment to at least 1% of agricultural GDP and bolster extension services.
- Integrate sustainability and climate resilience into national agriculture plans.
- Priorities the reduction of post-harvest loss in national agriculture plans.
- Design nutrition goals into agriculture sector strategies.
- Foster an enabling environment for smallholder integration and responsible private sector investment.
- Accelerate implementation of agriculture plans and ensure pro-poor results for smallholder farmers
The report can be downloaded here (PDF).