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Africa’s governing systems need to change to address youth challenges - NEPAD CEO

By CAADP Journalist

 

The Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Agency and former Prime Minister of Niger, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki has cautioned that the growing youth population in Africa, which has access to modern and rapid communications systems could impact adversely on the Africa nation state, if social inequality and the current systems of government are not revised.

 

Dr Mayaki was speaking during a robust engagement with senior Masters Student at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the Unites States. The Lecture is part of a series of activities to mark NEPAD Week, during the United Nations General Assembly Debate on Africa, at its headquarters in New York.

 

The NEPAD Chief’s robust engagement with international politics and development students tackled the role of the Africa state and how it has evolved in the last fifty years, cautioning that the current equation of Africa being the most unequal and yet youngest continent in the world could result into an explosive situation.

 

“Tunisia and Mali which were once models of development are no longer that. With new means of communication and the new generational change, youth are seizing power and expect immediate answers and results thus putting a lot of pressure. Our systems of government today need a bold change,” said Dr Mayaki.

 

He said in the 80’s and 90’s, there were austere yet necessary Structural Adjustments Processes which weakened the States capacities to think strategically and thus had direct impact on the natural de-structualisation of the African state. A drive to remedy this gave birth to NEPAD.

 

He cited a lot of positive developments had taken place in Africa in the last twenty years. He cited more women in positions of power; the six fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa; regional co-operation and integration which is providing answers to some of Africa’s challenges

 

Later today, Dr Mayaki will address UN Member States on the African Union Theme Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, in New York.


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Vertical gardens breathe new life into densely populated Asian cities - South China Morning Post

Vertical gardens breathe new life into densely populated Asian cities - South China Morning Post | AgDrylands | Scoop.it
Vertical gardens breathe new life into densely populated Asian cities
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He began developing a prototype, and thus began the greening of some of the most densely populated urban areas on earth.

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Ten Years of Transforming Agriculture in Africa

At the Brussels Development Briefing in Belgium, attended by over 150 delegates, the fundamental question on what transformation has taken place in African agriculture ten years after adopting the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), was brought to the fore.


The sharing happened within the context of a reflection on the achievements and lessons from ten years of CAADP implementation with the objective to highlight lessons including issues and key drivers for transformation of African agriculture.

Mr Martin Bwalya, the NEPAD Head of CAADP said that, "Agriculture is back on the development agenda and the way to keep it there is by demonstrating results." Mr Bwalya outlined some of the positive strides in transforming African agriculture during the last ten years as including the evident improved planning at national level; aligning public financing; coherent common vision and agenda on agriculture as well as strengthening of the policy design processes and growing attention to institutional and human capital development.

 

He noted the compelling need for a transformational shift towards an “agriculture” which first-and-fore-most is motivated and driven by the urged to expand agricultural value in the creation of jobs and wealth into the national economy. Local leadership informed and engaged public, sound regional trade and market strategies are imperative components in the winning formula for agriculture transformation.

Also speaking in the same panel, Mr Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary of the Network of Farmers and Agriculture Producers Organisations of West Africa, stressed that ten years is not enough time to quantify the changes brought on since the Maputo endorsement of CAADP, but CAADP nonetheless provides a clear mechanism for strategic planning in agriculture.

 

In his opening remarks, Mr Michael Hailu, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Director, also reiterated the fact that by adopting CAADP ten years ago, African Heads of State put agriculture at the centre of the development agenda. Mr Hailu also emphasised that CTA and NEPAD's collaboration in a number of areas that include support for smallholder farmers, will lead to positive results in growing agriculture as a key driver for broad-based social and economic growth.

The thirty third Brussels Briefing, organised by CTA, the European Commission, the African, Carribean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat and Concord in partnership with NEPAD, consisted of policy deliberations that also brought out proven successes and best practices in African agriculture.

Mr Steve Wiggins from the Overseas Development Institute maintained that food production in Africa is not as bad as it is made out to be. Mr Wiggins highlighted the example of agricultural growth in West Africa, at an average of 4 per cent a year in the last thirty years as surpassing a number of regions in the world, including some parts of Asia and South America.

Mr Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute, concluded his presentation by maintaining that, "Agricultural growth is not just growth in the sector alone, but also results in economic growth." Some of the other conclusions of the Briefing in Brussels included the need to create an enabling environment for investment and innovation; and investing in rural public goods, amongst others.

Ten years on, forty three African countries are now focussing on investment for growth in agriculture through the CAADP process. "The next coming years will therefore see the positioning of 'wealth creation' as the primary driver for transformation in Africa," Mr Bwalya said.


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By: Natalie Arnold Public Relations Consultant with a passion for food systems and sustainability France’s commitment to cuisine stems from a (RT @foodbankmetrodc: RT @NFESH1: #Sustainable Agriculture with a French Flair
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Awesome ! Biodiversity Visualized - Vancouver Film School

 

Wondering what this Biodiversity Stuff is all about?

Here’s a great 3 Minute animation that may put you in the picture

“Awesome: Biodiversity Visualized! 3 min video from our friends at Vancouver Film School” - The TEEB Study / UNEP @TEEB

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WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY http://sco.lt/6rzPEX

 

WHY IS BIODIVERSITY IMPORTANT? http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/biodiversity/importance/default.aspx

 

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THE IMPACT OF VANISHING BIODIVERSITY ON HUMAN HEALTH http://news.linktv.org/videos/the-impact-of-vanishing-biodiversity-on-human-health

 

BIODIVERSITY IS VITAL TO MAINTAINING ECOSYSTEM AND HUMAN HEALTH http://sco.lt/5gy5Q1

 

 

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LETTING BIODIVERSITY GET UNDER OUR SKIN http://conservationmagazine.org/2012/09/biodiversity-under-our-skin-2/

 

WHY GOOGLE AND SONY ARE TURNING TO NATURE TO INSPIRE THEIR LEADERS http://sco.lt/5SDsGH

 

May 22, 2013 Mongabay

UN INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: Water and biodiversity pictures http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0522-water-and-biod-un.html

 

                                            

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                                              FILM: ***"HOME"

                    An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

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********THE WISDOM OF GRANDMOTHERS

Vandana Shiva on Knowledge, Biodiversity & Sustainable Living — End Child Hunger - Gandhi For Children http://www.gandhiforchildren.org/vandana-shiva-knowledge-biodiversity-sustainable/


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An excellent short documentary on what is biodiversity and what we are doing to it.

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Rooftop Garden Picture -- Chicago Photo -- National Geographic Photo of the Day

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See a photo of the rooftop garden at Chicago’s City Hall by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, from National Geographic. (Photo of the Day: Verdant green plants cover the roof of Chicago's City Hall.

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Africa’s governing systems need to change to address youth challenges - NEPAD CEO

By CAADP Journalist

 

The Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Agency and former Prime Minister of Niger, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki has cautioned that the growing youth population in Africa, which has access to modern and rapid communications systems could impact adversely on the Africa nation state, if social inequality and the current systems of government are not revised.

 

Dr Mayaki was speaking during a robust engagement with senior Masters Student at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the Unites States. The Lecture is part of a series of activities to mark NEPAD Week, during the United Nations General Assembly Debate on Africa, at its headquarters in New York.

 

The NEPAD Chief’s robust engagement with international politics and development students tackled the role of the Africa state and how it has evolved in the last fifty years, cautioning that the current equation of Africa being the most unequal and yet youngest continent in the world could result into an explosive situation.

 

“Tunisia and Mali which were once models of development are no longer that. With new means of communication and the new generational change, youth are seizing power and expect immediate answers and results thus putting a lot of pressure. Our systems of government today need a bold change,” said Dr Mayaki.

 

He said in the 80’s and 90’s, there were austere yet necessary Structural Adjustments Processes which weakened the States capacities to think strategically and thus had direct impact on the natural de-structualisation of the African state. A drive to remedy this gave birth to NEPAD.

 

He cited a lot of positive developments had taken place in Africa in the last twenty years. He cited more women in positions of power; the six fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa; regional co-operation and integration which is providing answers to some of Africa’s challenges

 

Later today, Dr Mayaki will address UN Member States on the African Union Theme Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, in New York.


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GANADERÍA MÉXICO: Antibiotics in livestock fuel debate over hazardous meat and poultry

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UNCTAD Trade and Environment Report: Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate

UNCTAD Trade and Environment Report: Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate | AgDrylands | Scoop.it

Monoculture and industrial farming methods are not providing sufficient affordable food where it is needed, the report says, while the environmental damage caused by this approach is mounting and is unsustainable. It says that the highest priority must be given to enabling the rural poor to become self-sufficient in food or to earn sufficient income through agriculture so that they can buy food.

The report emphasizes that a shift is necessary towards diverse production patterns that reflect the “multi-functionality” of agriculture and enhance closed nutrient cycles. Moreover, as the environmental costs of industrial agriculture are largely not accounted for, governments should act to ensure that more food is grown where it is needed. It recommends adjusting trade rules to encourage “as much regionalized/localized food production as possible; as much traded food as necessary.”  


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