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About Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (ARBE)

About Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (ARBE)

The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture leads the efforts to promote sustainable environmental management and agricultural development by boosting member states’ rural economy development and agricultural transformation by supporting the adoption of measures, strategies, policies and programmes on agriculture.

The mandate of the department includes:

  • Promoting implementing of Agenda 2063 Continental Frameworks such as Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
  • Promoting agricultural and rural development
  • Promoting policies and developing strategies and programmes to ensure food security and nutrition
  • Helping members states to achieve sustainable growth and improved livelihoods through sound environmental and natural resources management.
  • Promoting rural community initiatives and transfer of technologies
  • Coordinating efforts to eradicate poverty
  • Promoting efforts to combat desertification and drought including implementation of key projects such as the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI),
  • Promoting Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs), Land Policy Initiative (LPI), Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR
  • Promoting the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), African Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM), and the African Seed and Biotechnology Program (ASBP).
  • Promoting policies and strategies to mitigate disasters;
  • Supporting harmonisation of policies and strategies among the RECs
  • Initiating research on climate change, water and sanitation, and land management.

The department has five regional technical offices: the AU Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC); AU–Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU–IBAR); Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre (PANVAC); Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC); and Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development (SAFGRAD).



Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
Josefa Leonel Correa Sacko, Angola (elected January 2017)

Director: Godfrey Bahiigwa (Uganda)



July 15, 2021

An extraordinary meeting of the AU Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARDWE), comprising ministers in charge of the relevant offices in the member states was held on Thursdays, July 15, 2021

June 08, 2021 to June 11, 2021

A four day continental consultative meeting of major stakeholders from all the 55 African Union Members States to develop an Africa Food Safety Strategy (AFSS) was held from June 8-11, 2021

Department Resources

September 19, 2020

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June 24, 2020

Highlights of the cooperation with the GIZ-project “Support to the African Union on Migration and Displacement”

June 24, 2020

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