Towards institutionalisation of SAFAGRI

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Them participants in the first edition of the African agriculture fair (SAFAGRI) held from 12 to 15 March 2019, in N'Djamena, Chad, wished that the institutionalised, under the aegis of the African Union. This is the what they wished for at the closing ceremony of this event in the presence of Presidents Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso, and Idriss Deby Itno, whose country was the host of the meeting.

A total of 11 recommendations that were adopted by the participants, who mandated the CILSS, the Coordinating Minister of CILSS (Editor's Note: Minister of agriculture Burkina Faso) and the Minister in charge of agriculture in Chad, to define the roadmap in the perspective of making the event a Continental event.

The dynamic the living room is to boost the value chains in the in the field of agriculture, in order to make the sector an engine of growth and job creation.

Thus, taking into the closing ceremony of the meeting organized by the Government of the Chad, in collaboration with the inter-State Standing Committee on combating drought in the Sahel, (CILSS), the head of State of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has, in his capacity as President-in-Office of CILSS, alongside his Chadian counterpart, Idriss Deby Itno, scored his satisfaction for the "successful" outfit of this framework of Exchange and sharing of experiences.  

SAFAGRI has closed its doors on Friday, March 15, 2019. The Burkinabè head of State, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré welcomed the excellent results recorded and the positive effects produced. For the President of Burkina Faso, SAFAGRI has drawn the growth of African agricultures to integrate the industrialization and the labisation of agricultural products to the effect of meet domestic needs and conquer the international market.

For the President of Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who gave the speech of the closing of the event, the transformation of the agro-sylvo value chains African pastoralists and fisheries is also "a factor in the strengthening of resilience of our populations, in the face of food insecurity and nutritional ", he explained. Affirming that "the mobilization around this show is a reason for us to be satisfied. "

He also shows that sales exhibitions have shown the diversity of products African agriculture, providing evidence that "Africa can feed Africa and create wealth and jobs for the benefit of young people and women. According to him, the thematic workshops on the policies and strategies of the concept value chains have resulted in conclusions that could help to the articulation of development strategies and projects. Indeed, during the high-level Panel on value chain policies held on Thursday, 14 March 2019, the Minister of agriculture and Hydro-agricultural facilities, Salifou Ouédraogo, advocated the establishment of agricultural development funds, the Organization of producers and the development of resilient and environmentally protective sectors. The CILSS's Coordinating Minister emphasized the importance of promoting Agriculture in order to open up to agricultural products and services a profitable market and to improve producers ' incomes.

Chad, by the voice of its Minister of mines, industrial development, trade and Promotion of the private sector, undertakes to make SAFAGRI a place of Continental appointment, while its counterpart in charge of agriculture, in the podium of the closing ceremony, hammered that "the SAFAGRI is a baby, whose father is CILSS, and the mother… Chadian ".

The participants the first edition of SAFAGRI also advocated accelerating the implementation of the in place of the African free trade area, the adoption of a common vision development of agricultural value chains and the facilitation of their financing by regional development banks.

The parties stakeholders have asked to prioritize the fight against hunger in the African project for the construction of value chains. In the "Declaration of N'Djamena» made public by its Minister in charge of mines, Ahmat Mahamat Bashir, Chad reaffirmed its commitment to support the erection of a permanent framework for consultation and Exchange on the promotion of African agro-sylvo-pastoral and fishery sectors. In addition, Mr. Bachir announced the availability of the wives of the Presidents of Chad, Hinda Deby Itno and Niger, Lalla Malika Issoufou, to assume the role of champions of the Food and nutrition security in Africa.

At the end of the the closing speech of SAFAGRI, the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, gave an appointment to the rural development actors at the 2nd Edition planned in 2020 still in N'Djamena, Chad. He visited several exhibition stands, in the company of its Chadian counterpart, Idriss Deby Itno. Burkina Faso exhibitors participated in the N'Djamena meeting, which sparked visitors ' enthusiasm for agricultural products processed in Faso.

Moctar FICOU/ VivAfrik

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