Africa-Europe alliance: a political declaration for a stronger partnership in agriculture, food and farming

European Commission Daily News – 21.06.2019

Promo - published on 21 June 2019
Source: Press release European Commission

On the occasion of the third African
Union – European Union agricultural ministerial conference
, African Union and the European Union representatives will for the first time endorse a Political Declaration, accompanied by an action
agenda, with the overall aim of further strengthening the Africa-EU partnership in food and farming at all levels. From climate action to an African-European farmers’ cooperation programme, these
actions build on the recommendations
put forward by the
Task Force Rural Africa
back in March 2019, an agri-food and rural agenda for the new ‘Africa-Europe
Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs’
unveiled by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in September 2018. Commissioner Phil Hogan said: “This
Political Declaration represents an historic commitment by both continents to a shared agenda for greater action; building a partnership of equals for developing policies in the areas of food
security, climate action, sustainable management of resources, rural job creation, sustainable investment and fair trade. It should be viewed as a very positive step on the path towards a more
sustainable and prosperous future for rural communities in Africa and Europe.” The Political Declaration is a strong signal reflecting the shift in Africa-Europe relations based on promoting
policy dialogue and cooperation as a development tool at all levels: people to people, business to business and government to government. The action agenda reflects these three levels with concrete
actions involving cooperation between the two continents in different areas like farmers’ organisations, food safety, research and innovation and geographical indications. More information is


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