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Ethiopian PM - Africa Needs to Increase Budget for Agriculture

January 30, 2013

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn called on African countries to increase the budget for agriculture and infrastructure development to end the continent's economic dependency on foreign aid. Speaking at the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) meeting on 26 January, PM Hailemariam said African countries need to develop their economy using their own resources. "African countries need to boost agricultural productivity in order to make poverty history through ensuring food security," noted the PM. 

Dessalegn further emphasized the need to implement  the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) by the African Union. Established as part of NEPAD, CAADP was endorsed by the African Union Assembly in July 2003 to improve food security, nutrition, and income in Africa's largely agrarian economy. HSGOC is an organization of 20 African leaders, who provide policy guidance and monitor progress on the implementation of NEPAD.