A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ActionAid and the African Union Commission (AUC) at the African Commission Headquarters on 12 July.
The MoU stands to formalize and strengthen the partnership between the two organisations, in order to achieve sustainable agriculture-led development to boost food and nutrition security in Africa.
The partnership will provide more opportunities and synergies for both organizations in leveraging resources and efectively implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). It will also allow ActionAid to play a facilitator role by opening up the space for civil society organisations (CSOs) and social movements in African Union-led initiatives.
Representing ActionAid at the event, Mr Tennyson Williams, International Director for West and Central Africa, noted:
The current rise in price of food commodities across the globe and the attendant protests by citizens and CSOs against such trends is further justification for us to work together and fight the common enemy – poverty.
Speaking during the ceremony, Ms Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commision, stresed that:
"The signing of this MOU is needed to formalize the collaboration between the two institutions which have been working closely in earnest. The African Union Commission through the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture appreciates the role of ActionAid International in chairing the CAADP Non-State Actors Forum."
The Forum’s significance in mobilising civil society organisations including farmers’ organisations and other stakeholders to take forward the CAADP agenda cannot be over-emphasised.
She also urged ActionAid to mobilise non-state actor to support the African Common Position during the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Conference of Parties 17 (COP 17) to take place in Durban, South Africa, in December this year.