Bawumia: Regional meals safety key to ECOWAS peace, improvement

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The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has emphasised the significance of a regional meals storage system for the ECOWAS subregion to be able to guarantee meals safety, peace and accelerated improvement for the tens of millions of individuals in West Africa and past.

Talking on the digital Worldwide Convention on the West African Meals Safety Storage System in Accra on Monday 10 Might, Dr Bawumia mentioned though particular person international locations are making efforts in direction of making certain native meals safety, a concerted, collective effort is essential to make sure safety for all.

“At a time when the worldwide neighborhood, and certainly Africa, is reeling from the continual menace and ravaging results of the Covid-19 pandemic, this assembly is well timed, and evokes nice hope,” he said.

“As everyone knows, the COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered the vulnerabilities of our meals programs and our agriculture sectors on the whole.

“Within the final 7 years, statistics means that, individuals dealing with meals insecurity within the sub area has exploded from two million to 27 million as on the finish of our final cropping season. That is unacceptable particularly when agriculture provides the very best hope of liberating our economies from the persistent malaise that has characterised them over time.”

Reminding the assembly, attended by ministers of agriculture of the 15-member Financial Neighborhood of West African by way of digital hyperlink, of the traditionally shut hyperlinks between the international locations, Bawumia mentioned the time to behave collectively is now.

“Everyone knows that our international locations are endowed with nearly all of the sources wanted to propel financial improvement, with agriculture as the most important driving pressure. We now have arable land, human useful resource, water our bodies, styles of meals crops and a comparatively favorable local weather situation. We due to this fact don’t have any excuses.

“This assembly is a name to motion that presents a chance for sharing nation experiences, information and producing consensus on the way in which ahead to constructing strategic inventory reserves within the sub area.

Constructing synergies

“Our economies have robust linkages and due to this fact there’s the necessity for constructing synergies in frequent areas of clear comparative benefit. We’d like stronger integration of our markets as promoted within the ECOWAS protocol to construct the mandatory resilience of our economies.

“Our plan to construct a strategic meals storage system for the sub area is a step in the suitable course in direction of addressing the dire state of affairs of rising starvation dealing with our individuals.”

Reaching this laudable goal would nonetheless require finance, Dr Bawumia underscored. To this finish, he expressed appreciation to the donor neighborhood such because the European Union, French Improvement Company, Spanish Company for Worldwide Improvement Cooperation (AECID), Worldwide Fund for Agricultural Improvement (IFAD), World Financial institution, Arab Financial institution for Financial Improvement in Africa (BADEA), United States Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID), Swiss Improvement Cooperation and the German Improvement Cooperation, with out whose assist “the modest achievements we have now made in our varied international locations could not have been doable.”

Charging the individuals to provide you with concepts that may face up to the take a look at of time, Dr Bawumia mentioned: “The teachings of Covid-19 are too robust to disregard. We now have no selection than to be extra ahead wanting in our planning to ship options to the issues that confront our individuals. The Authorities of President Akufo-Addo is in full assist of the sub regional effort to construct strategic shares of meals reserves and to make sure meals safety within the area.”

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