OCP, AUC and AUDA-NEPAD Join Forces to Transform African Agriculture
The African Union Commission (AUC), AUDA-NEPAD and OCP Group have just formed a tripartite partnership to support the development of the African agricultural sector. Its main purpose is to facilitate effective coordination of the implementation and delivery of a set of goals as outlined in the African Union Malabo Business Plan on Agriculture Transformation, adopted by the Heads of State and Government in 2014 in Equatorial Guinea.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed, on the 4th September, by HE Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, OCP Group’s Chairman and CEO, Mr Mostafa Terrab, and HE Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of the AUDA-NEPAD, represented by Dr Hamady Diop, on the sidelines of the ongoing African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from the 3 – 6 September 2019 in Accra, Republic of Ghana.
The AUC, AUDA-NEPAD partnership with OCP Group, demonstrates a shared commitment to reduce jointly hunger and poverty through the sustainable transformation of the African agricultural sector. Through this partnership, the stakeholders intend to promote the use of agricultural inputs, including access to customized fertilizers meeting the needs of soils and crops of each region, and to develop the efficiency of the fertilizer whole value chain.
The agreement will therefore be operationalized by strengthening a conducive environment for private sector investments in agriculture; equipping African Union member states with the right policies and tools to support the achievement of the Abuja commitments on fertilizer use. Moreover, this MoU will also support strengthening efficient and sustainable use for smallholders to increase the sector’s productivity and promote inclusive growth; as well as reinforcing national and regional agricultural policies aimed at boosting the adoption of good agricultural practices and innovations.
OCP Group is a major player in Africa’s sustainable development and does so by contributing to the African agricultural ecosystem through support to African farmers and targeted private and public African actors and stakeholders. The Group supports innovative mechanisms aimed at creating resilient and sustainable agricultural productivity to enable Africa to reach its full agricultural potential while protecting its natural environment.