AU urges Africa to deepen economic integration to eradicate poverty

african_agricultureAfrican Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma on Monday called on Africa to deepen economic integration in order to eradicate widespread hunger and poverty on the continent.

Dhlamini-Zuma made the call at the opening of the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council.

“We are today more convinced than ever, that we shall not succeed in eradicating poverty, disease, conflict and hunger and provide a better life for the peoples of our continent unless we have greater integration of our economies,” the AU Commission chairperson said.

She said mineral beneficiation, increased industrialization and agricultural production were also key to accelerating development on the continent.

With the upcoming 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly running under the central theme, “Agriculture and Food Security”, Dhlamini-Zuma said agriculture and agro-processing were critical to ensuring sustained and inclusive growth of 7 percent and higher in Africa.

The continent, she said, would in 2014 focus more on increasing agricultural investment and productivity; growing agro-business and value chains; expanding infrastructure; skills; and research for agriculture in pursuit of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) goals.  Read the entire article here>>