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MINISTER DIDIZA ELECTED AS THE NEW CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION'S (AU) MINISTERIAL SPECIALISED TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT

25 October 2019         

The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Ms Thoko Didiza, has been elected as the chairperson of the African Union's (AU) Specialised Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment during the committees meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, 24 October 2019. 

In her acceptance speech, Minister Didiza acknowledged the enormity of the work of the committee and the Bureau. She also thanked the outgoing chairperson for the good work done during her term.

“The Bureau will need to build on the work done since the inception of the Specialised Technical Committee and, at the same time, take into consideration decisions of this meeting. We have to work out an action plan, look at the human resource capacity and budget for the programmes that you would have agreed to,” said Minister Didiza. 

Minister Didiza also emphasised on the committee having to look very close on the issue of climate change and its impact on the agricultural sector. She added that, the effects of climate change are a reality as other regions are experiencing drought while others are experiencing rainfall.

Specialised Technical Committees of the AU are thematic committees answerable to the Executive Council and are composed of member states ministers and senior officials within their respective areas of competence. They work in close collaboration with AUs departments to ensure harmonisation of the AU's projects and programmes as well as coordination with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs).   

The Specialised Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment focuses on reviewing strategic goals and identifying synergies and linkages. It also focuses on the implications for achieving the overarching goals of the June 2014 Malabo declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods, boosting the agenda for attaining food and nutrition security, reducing poverty, boosting intra African trade, enhancing resilience to climate change, related shocks and disasters.

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Issued by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
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