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Africa is a hugely important region for CGIAR. It is no coincidence that at least 50 percent of our research budget is invested in projects on the African continent. So it was with particular pleasure that I followed progress at the High Level Meeting of African and International Leaders meeting in Addis-Ababa earlier this week (July 1st).
African leaders at the meeting, which was organized by the African Union (AU), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) andtheFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) amongst others, unanimously adopted a declaration to end hunger in Africa by 2025. They also reaffirmed their determination to speed up implementation of the Maputo Declaration, which calls for African countries to devote ten percent of their budget to agricultural development.
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