Thursday, 17 May 2012

Obama to announce Green Agriculture Revolution for Africa at G8 Summit

From: Ghana|| Nathan Gadugah  
US President Barack Obama is set to announce a major policy initiative aimed at ensuring food security on the African continent during the upcoming G8 Summit.

The Green Agricultural Revolution is geared towards wiping out widespread poverty in the continent.

Assistant Secretary of African Affairs, Johnnie Carson disclosed the coming initiative to journalists across the continent in a telephonic conference call Wednesday.

The call was to brief journalists on the US engagements on the continent, including developments in Sudan and South Sudan, Guinea-Bissau and Mali.

Carson said Africa has no reason to suffer a food deficit in a continent where over 70 per cent of households depend on agriculture.

He said Obama will put the spotlight on agriculture during the Summit and will be engaging comprehensively with four of Africa’s Heads of States, including Ghana’s John Mills, all of whom have been invited for the summit.

The others include Yayi Boni of Benin, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Girma Wolde-Giorgis of Ethiopia.

The Assistant Secretary of African Affairs outlined some success stories as well as major challenges in promoting democratic governance in the sub-region.

Whilst applauding the peaceful transfer of power in Nigeria, Senegal and Malawi, Johnnie Carson said the US remains strongly opposed to military interventions in the sub region.

He condemned strongly military takeovers in Mali and Guinea Bissau, assuring that steps will be taken together with the sub-regional groups to restore civil rule.

He said the military in Mali "cannot sweep aside 21 years of democratic credentials," insisting, "the military must step aside immediately".

He said the US is strongly backing ECOWAS to institute a short-term transitional government in Mali in an effort to restore constitutional rule.
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