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Zambia on track with Malabo Declaration Implementation

ZAMBIA has made tremendous progress towards the implementation of the 2014 Malabo Declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods.

According to the 2019 Africa Agriculture Transformation Scorecard (AATS) released at the ongoing 2020 African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday, Zambia’s score stands at 5.11 out of 10 compared to 3.6 scored in 2018.
The benchmark set for 2019 was 6.66.

Zambia is among the 36 African countries that have made tremendous progress in the actualisation of the Malabo Declaration. The 2014 Malabo Declaration is a re-commitment to provide effective leadership for the attainment of specific goals by 2025.

The goals include ending hunger, increasing intra-African trade in agricultural goods and services, enhancing resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate variability and other related risks and strengthening mutual accountability to actions and results.

The AU on Monday also launched the second Biennial Review (BR) Report on the implementation of the June 2014 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods. The BR Report is a performance and advocacy assessment tool to guide planning and decision-making for Africa’s agricultural transformation in all member states.
Out of 49 member states that reported on progress in implementing the Malabo Declaration during the 2019 biennial review cycle, four countries are on track towards achieving the commitments by 2025.
The four countries which surpassed the benchmark of 6.66 are Rwanda (7.24), Morocco (6.96), Mali (6.82) and Ghana (6.67).

The report tracks progress in commitments made by AU heads of state and government through Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme and the Malabo Declaration to increase prosperity and improved livelihoods for transforming agriculture.

The indicators chosen to track the performance categories were defined on the basis of the strategic objectives derived from the Malabo Declaration.

Story by: DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka