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Committee: The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)

Topic: Fostering Sustainable Development through Agriculture.

It is common knowledge that a great deal of African economies relies on their agricultural sector as the main source of revenue. In the study guide, the committee chair, Anannya writes about the challenges that the agricultural sector already faces such as competition from rapidly growing economies and the looming effects of global warming. Realizing that certain parts of the continent are at risk of being hit by drought, floods, and other natural phenomena, Anannya advises that it is crucial for African countries to collaborate and develop long-lasting infrastructure to promote sustainable farming.

In the study guide, he highlights measures that have been taken by the African Union, for example, the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods that was signed in 2014. However, he still calls upon members of the African Union to be more proactive in trying to develop the sustainability of the agricultural sector. Here, unity and harmony will be vital for these developments.

This study guide provides interesting insights into the current agricultural systems on the continent, what certain countries have done to make it better and how much room there is for improvement if we tackle this as a continent. It is a must-read!

Priscilla Kirabo

Associate Director of Press Corps

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