African summit will discuss food security and agriculture: Abdel Atty
Badr Abdel Atty, Foreign Ministry spokesperson - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb
By RANDA EL-BANNA

CAIRO: African summit called Agriculture and Food Security in Africa is scheduled at Malabo on Monday where African Ministers of Foreign Affairs will start preparatory meetings. The summit is held in memory of the 10th anniversary for starting the program of Comprehensive Agricultural Development Program in Africa.

The program is part of the NEPAD initiative. The initiative was founded by five African countries including Egypt, official spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Badr Abdel Atty said in a press release Sunday.

The summit will discuss important regional and international issues related to Africa and the international community such as the reform and expansion of the Security Council, Security state in Africa, Development Agenda in Africa post 2015, climate changes African Union Strategy, African Union budget for 2015, and reports issued by African Union different bodies regarding its activities.

Head of Egyptian delegation Sameh Shoukry will hold meetings with African officials after the meeting of minister of Foreign affairs, Youm7 added.

In 2009 expert in the field of Rural Development at the World Bank (WB) Julian Lampietti said there are many policies that can be followed to solve the food security problem in Africa. That includes focusing on rural development along with agricultural development because they are related. Rural development helps create job opportunities for people to get involved in production in the field of agriculture and in other sectors, according to WB official website.

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