Dr Patrick Kormawa, newly appointed Sub regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa FAO Representative to Africa and United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), has presented his credentials to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

wpid-Dr-Nkosazana-Dlamini-Zuma.jpgWelcoming Mr Kormawa, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, expressed appreciation for the long standing collaboration between FAO and the African Union Commission (AUC).

Dr Zuma called upon FAO to join the AUC and other development partners in the implementation of the 10-year medium-term plan of the AU Agenda 2063.

She said at the recent AU Summit in Johannesburg held last month, African women urged the Heads of State and Governments to promote mechanisation in the agricultural sector, to eliminate drudgery, low productivity and to enhance competitiveness.

?Without access to modern technology and innovation, transforming Africa?s agriculture for prosperity and inclusive development would hardly be achieved,? Dr Zuma said.

She urged the FAO to work closely with the AU and African governments to promote agricultural commercialisation of the small-scale sector and ?send the hoe to the museum?.

On his part, Mr Kormawa expressed commitment of FAO Director-General, Jos? Graziano da Silva, to the partnership between FAO and the AU, particularly towards a hunger free Africa with the leadership of African governments and the AU.

?It is in this respect that FAO has reinforced the liaison and partnership function to the AU by my appointment and separating the liaison function from that of FAO representation to Ethiopia,? he said.

?The strengthening of the collaboration with the AUC will help keep the focus on the importance of eradicating hunger as a precondition for achieving ?accelerated agricultural growth and economic transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods? as articulated in the Malabo Declaration?, Mr Kormawa added.

FAO and AUC have continued in their efforts to reduce undernourishment and malnutrition since it was established 70 years ago, and has been supporting member states in their efforts to improve food and nutrition security.

The assistance FAO provides is tailored to country needs, focused on building capacity, sharing knowledge, facilitating policy dialogue and innovative partnerships, and developing and implementing agreements, codes of conduct, and technical standards.

The FAO Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa, established in February 2007, is a technical hub which supports eight countries in Eastern Africa ? Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda ? and has a core team of professionals with multi-disciplinary expertise.

It is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing sub-regional food security, nutrition, agriculture and rural development priorities.

The office also plays a very important liaison role to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

It has established collaboration under partnerships with the Regional Economic Communities in the region as well as with a large number of key development partners based in Ethiopia and the sub-region.

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