Africa fears food shortages can spark wars
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – THE Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has encouraged partnerships to boost food security and avoid wars in the continent.
The recommendation follows the council’s meeting in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, held under the theme, “Agriculture, Food Security, Peace and Stability in Africa.”
Council acknowledged that agricultural production and food security, as well as peace and stability, are closely interwoven. In this regard, Council underscored the need for synergies in the implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADEP).
Council also acknowledged that proper organization of land ownership and land use, as well as the building of necessary agricultural infrastructure and sustainable financing, can significantly contribute towards boosting food production, which, in turn, can contribute to food security, conflict prevention and promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa.
In the same context, Council stressed the need for the private sector to also actively invest in the agricultural sector and to assist in promoting environmentally safe and climate smart agriculture.
The recommendations by the council of the AU comes most parts of the continent are facing food shortages inked to droughts. – CAJ News
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