Lhe three-day event, organized at the initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, the Government of Senegal and the African Union Commission, will see the participation of some twenty Heads of State and of government.
The Summit, to be held at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center (CICAD) in Diamniadio, aims to bring together governments, the private sector, multilateral organizations, NGOs and scientists to address the growing challenge of food security in Africa.
Morocco will be represented at this event with a large delegation led by the head of government, Aziz Akhannouch, and including in particular the Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka, the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries , Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mohamed Saddiki, Chairman and CEO of the OCP Group, Mustapha Terrab, President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM), Chakib Alj, Managing Director of the “Ithmar Capital “, Obaid Amrane, and the King’s Ambassador to Senegal, Hassan Naciri.
The opening ceremony of this second edition of the Dakar Summit will be chaired by the Senegalese Head of State, President-in-Office of the African Union (AU), Macky Sall, in the presence of the President of the AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina, and the President of the African Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, as well as several Heads of State and Government, representatives of international organizations, experts, among others.
The Dakar 2 Summit follows on from the first edition held in 2015, which made it possible to draw the outlines of the Feed Africa strategy: the Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa (2016–2025).
At the Dakar forum, African Heads of State and Government will mobilize their government resources, development partners and private sector financing to harness Africa’s agricultural and food potential, turning advocacy efforts into action. concrete.
During this event, private sector actors will engage in developing critical value chains. Governors of Central Banks and Ministers of Finance will be keen to develop financing arrangements for the implementation of pacts for food and agriculture, in collaboration with ministers responsible for agriculture, as well as with private sector actors, including commercial banks and financial institutions, according to the AfDB.
The Dakar 2 Summit program includes presidential roundtables, high-level plenary sessions and sessions to develop “Food and Agricultural Supply Pacts” for each country.
The Summit agenda focuses on action to mobilize high-level political commitment around production, markets and trade to implement food and agricultural delivery compacts for selected countries, to mobilize and align government resources, development partners and private sector financing around food and agricultural delivery compacts to achieve food security at scale in every country.
This action aims to share successful experiences in food and agriculture in selected countries and successful platforms to scale up support for agriculture, doubling agricultural productivity through cutting-edge technologies, animal husbandry and aquaculture and climate-responsive advisory services, support research and development for a pipeline of climate-resilient agricultural technologies, and develop the necessary infrastructure and logistics with special agro-processing zones to build markets and competitive food and agricultural value chains.
An AfDB statement published on its website highlights that globally, 828 million people suffer from hunger, with Africa accounting for 249 million, or one third of the number of hungry people in the world, noting that the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal number 2 on zero hunger can only be achieved if it is achieved in Africa.
Despite having 65% of the remaining arable land to feed the world’s 9 billion people by 2050, the continent imports over 100 million metric tons of food at a cost of $75 billion a year.
Africa has the potential to feed itself and help feed the world. Its vast savannah areas alone are estimated at 400 million hectares, of which only 10% (40 million hectares) are cultivated.