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Rural Economy & Agriculture


H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko

H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, from Angola, was elected as the new commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. Mrs Sacko was the special adviser to the Minister of agriculture, assigned with the responsibility of advising on issues related to international cooperation both bilateral and multilateral.


The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture leads the efforts to promote sustainable environmental management and agricultural development.

Coordinates the implementation of AU decisions related to agricultural transformation in Africa.

DREA’s work on environment and natural resources

Rural Economy

Coordinating rural development initiatives that contribute to sustainable livelihoods.


REA July 15, 2019

The African Union Commission in collaboration with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), held a Validation Workshop for the AU Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Framework to finalise it for submission for approval by the Ministerial Specialised Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment, scheduled to hold in October 2019.

REA June 21, 2019

On the occasion of the third African Union – European Union agricultural ministerial conference, African Union and the European Union representatives for the first time endorsed a Political Declaration, accompanied by an action agenda, with the overall aim of further strengthening the Africa-EU partnership in food and farming at all levels.

REA June 14, 2019

Kenyan Vice President H.E William Ruto has said eliminating 90 percent of import tariffs within Africa is predicted to yield a 52 percent growth in trade. Speaking when he officially opened the 15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP) themed, “Enhancing Trade and Market Access for Accelerated Agriculture Transformation,” H.E Ruto said the move to do so should be informed by a conviction that giving up revenues from tariffs for earnings from trade was an optimal trade off.

REA June 13, 2019

Overall, the 2018 Biennial Review indicates that African Union states are not on-track to meet CAADP/Malabo goals by 2025

REA June 11, 2019 to June 14, 2019

Final Communique of the 15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Partnership Platform (CAADP PP) “Enhancing Trade and Market Access for Accelerated Agriculture Transformation” 11 - 14June 2019 Nairobi, Kenya

REA June 07, 2019

At the Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019 conference held under the theme “Unleashing the potential of Africa’s Blue Economy”, the African Union Commission reiterated the need to create an enabling framework for the development of Africa’s blue economy while ensuring environmental and economic sustainability and improving maritime safety and security in Africa’s waters.

June 21, 2019

Third (3rd) Ministerial Conference of the African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) will be held under the theme: “Promoting Sustainable Regional Agricultural Value Chains”.

June 12, 2019 to June 14, 2019

Themed, "Enhancing intra-African trade and market access for accelerated agricultural transformation." #15thCAADPPP

June 11, 2019 to June 14, 2019

15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Partnership Platform “Enhancing Trade and Market Access for Accelerated Agriculture Transformation”

June 07, 2019

The Africa Union would commemorate the World Food Safety Day at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The UN General Assembly in December 2018 designated every 7 June as World Food Safety Day. The day is marked to bring to the attention of the world the dangers of unsafe food to the global population and also bring to the spotlight, how to help prevent and manage foodborne risks. The celebration by the AU is therefore in the spirit of promoting the ideals of food safety as espoused by the UN General Assembly.

May 20, 2019 to May 22, 2019

WHAT: The Department of Agriculture and Rural Economy (DREA), through its program, the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), is organizing a two-day training workshop on “Strengthening Food Safety Capacity for Reporting in the Biennial Review”. The workshop will bring together food safety experts from the African Union member states for a comprehensive training on data collection and computing for the Africa Food Safety Index (AFSI). The AFSI is the latest, and the 44th indicator of the Biennial Report Tracking (BRT) Mechanism used to collate data. The AFSI is submitted biennially to the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union on how member states are implementing the Compressive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), adopted by the African Heads in Malabo in 2014.

March 30, 2019

Media Advisory Note

Interactive Workshop for Journalists on Reporting on Climate & Disaster Risk Financing

REA September 17, 2019 to September 20, 2019

Africa has remained the most food insecure continent in the world, with approximately one in four people undernourished. Current food production systems are unsustainable and climate change poses additional challenge to sustainable agriculture in Africa.

REA November 25, 2019 to November 29, 2019

15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Partnership Platform “Enhancing Trade and Market Access for Accelerated Agriculture Transformation”