PRIORITIES FOR AFRICA’S FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY POST-COVID-19. A contribution from the Task Force Rural Africa (TFRA) to the AU-EU Summit, October 2020.

Arnold, Tom; Blokland, Kees; Engel, Albert; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Losch, Bruno; Michel, Baudouin; Rampa, Francesco; Wieck, Christine; Zvarimwa, Mashiri (2020). PRIORITIES FOR AFRICA’S FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY POST-COVID-19. A contribution from the Task Force Rural Africa (TFRA) to the AU-EU Summit, October 2020. Task Force Rural Africa (TFRA)

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A deep sense of concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives and
livelihoods of Africa’s people has inspired the writing of this contribution. As members of the
Task Force Rural Africa (TFRA), we produced a report in March 2019 on what we thought was needed to transform Africa’s agriculture and rural economy. Less than one year later, COVID-19 struck Africa and the rest of the world with devastating effect.
Another important change since March 2019 has been the shift on climate policy, represented by the EU Commission proposal in December 2019 of the European Green Deal (EGD). This ambitious vision, aimed at making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, will have implications for Africa – Europe relations.
The combination of COVID-19’s impact on Africa and the EU’s climate policy change has led us to re-examine the analysis and the recommendations in our original report. We have drawn one central conclusion from our work: that food and nutrition security has become of such fundamental political, economic and social importance that it must be at the centre of all future policy and planning. We have built our report on this conclusion and produced a set of short and long-term recommendations we believe are relevant to the new world shaped by the COVID-19
pandemic.
We hope our contribution may help in the preparation of the AU-EU Summit in October 2020. The Summit will seek to agree the long-term basis for partnership between Africa and the EU. It will meet at a crucially important time, shortly before the US Presidential election, when the world will be looking to see how Africa and Europe, separately and in partnership, can contribute to an effective multilateral response to global challenges and the current COVID-19 crisis. We wish the leaders well in their efforts.

Item Type:

Report (Report)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability > Unit Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management (LS-SLM)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe

Publisher:

Task Force Rural Africa (TFRA)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Aline Barbara Wicki

Date Deposited:

17 Sep 2020 14:49

Last Modified:

17 Sep 2020 14:49

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146570

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146570

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