Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Developing African Agriculture through regional value chain

28th May. New York. launch of the 2009 Africa Economic Report..

Agriculture was a mainstay of development in Africa, but was also a neglected sector, Robert Vos, Director, Development Policy and Analysis Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, told correspondents at the launch of the 2009 Africa Economic Report, adding that “regional value chains” could enhance African agricultural markets through cooperation, rather than focusing on competition between African countries.

Introducing the joint African Union/Economic Commission for Africa report entitled “Developing African Agriculture through Regional Value Chains”, Lila Ratsifandrihamanana, Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU), said that one of the main goals of the economic reports on Africa was to identify policy challenges in Africa and to suggest practical solutions.

This year’s report’s focus on agriculture tackled a major sector of the African economy and would be relevant to the theme of the AU Summit in Cirte, Libya, with the theme: “Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security”.

The report is available on www.uneca.org/era and http://www.africa-union.org/