ARC33: Morocco at the forefront of strengthening food security on the continent

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will hold its next Regional Conference for Africa in Rabat, under the auspices of the Kingdom of Morocco. The 33rd FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC33) represents a great opportunity for African countries to discuss practical solutions for food security and improving agricultural production.

The Conference will take place over three days, from April 18 to 20, 2024, under the theme “Resilient agri-food systems and inclusive rural transformation”. The event is expected to attract delegates from across Africa, including Ministers of Agriculture and other portfolios critical to the transformation of food systems, such as finance, trade and industry, forestry, fisheries, environment, science and technology, health, among others. , as well as representatives from civil society, the private sector, development partners and observer member countries.

ARC33 will serve as a strategic platform for members and other stakeholders to share best practices, explore partnerships and discuss opportunities and innovative solutions in transforming agri-food systems.

A team from the FAO Regional Office for Africa recently visited Rabat to hold consultations with the host country and collaborate on preparations for the Conference.

Minister of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forestry, Mohammed Sadiki, who will chair ARC33, stated: “this conference is an opportunity to bring together all African countries for a constructive dialogue on sustainable solutions aimed at strengthening the food security and promote advanced agricultural practices. We are delighted to host this important meeting and share our experiences in agricultural development.”

FAO Representative in Morocco, Jean Senahoun, said: “FAO is pleased to collaborate with the Kingdom of Morocco to host this crucial regional conference. It comes at an important time when all stakeholders must take concrete steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.”

“This conference is a catalyst for concrete actions that will shape the future of agriculture in our region,” said Kwami Dzifanu Nyarko-Badohu, FAO Conference Secretary. And to continue: “the hospitality and commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco to the advancement of agriculture make Rabat an ideal location for this important meeting”.

Sharing the African experience

The conference aims to provide regional guidance on transforming agri-food systems in Africa. Discussions will focus on the FAO Strategic Framework for the period 2022-2031, which is a roadmap to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, ending poverty, eliminating hunger and reducing inequalities, supporting transformation for more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and better lives, leaving no one behind.

A meeting of senior officials, focusing on technical issues related to food security and the transformation of agri-food systems in Africa, will be held online in March 2024 and will precede discussions at the ministerial conference in April.

The Regional Conference is the highest governing body of FAO in Africa. The 33rd session will take place on the eve of the Morocco International Agricultural Fair (SIAM), which will take place in Meknes, Morocco, from April 22 to 28, 2024.

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