Sunday, 5 June 2011

MALNUTRITION: India, Africa to cooperate for increasing agricultural output

From ANI : Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), May 25:

India and Africa on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate for increasing agricultural output and achieving the millennium development goal of halving the proportion of people, who suffer from hunger and malnutrition by 2015.
The Framework for Enhanced Cooperation between India and Africa said: "Africa and India reaffirm their commitment to cooperate for increasing agricultural output and achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger and malnutrition by 2015."
"They emphasize the importance of harnessing the latest scientific research for raising productivity and for the conservation of land and the environment in order to ensure food security for their people and to bring down the currently rising cost of food prices so as to make food affordable for all. In this respect, they agree to collaborate in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP)," the statement said.
Recognizing that enhanced trade and economic linkages would further contribute to sustainable growth, the statement said: "Africa values private investment and financial flows on a concessional basis, which have been received from India and wishes to enhance their usage for building its infrastructure and enhancing the capacity of Africa to increase its exports."
"The value addition provided by Indian investment in Africa contributes to Africa's exports to third countries and to the development of intra-Africa trade. Both Africa and India will continue to work together to take these initiatives further," the statement added.
Africa has also welcomed the Duty Free Tariff Preference Scheme for Africa's LDCs unilaterally announced by India at the time of the first India - Africa Forum Summit in 2008.
"It has significantly contributed to the ability of African countries to access the growing Indian market and contributed to the creation of complementarity in their export baskets. Africa and India will together endeavour to increase awareness and usage of this Scheme," the statement said.
"Africa and India propose to continue to develop more such initiatives so that the growing young population of Africa finds suitable training and integration into the increasing economic opportunities in Africa," the statement added.

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