The 3rd AU-EU Agriculture Ministerial Conference was held in June 2019. Several positive commitments were made in the adopted declaration, and the accompanying action plan. The commitment can benefit family farmers, youth and women, and acknowledges territorial food systems, agroecology and agroforestry as valid approaches to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, to create added value in agri-food chains, and to fight poverty and hunger.
Still, the Declaration fails to address the need to regulate trade and competition. The call for African countries to operationalize the continental free trade could undermine other commitments in the recommendation.
Read more in our official recommendations with other African and European civil society organisations.