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Briefing Note
Thursday, 12 February 2009
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High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture
in the 21st Century

9-10 February 2009 | Windhoek, Namibia

UNDESA - Division for Sustainable Development

On Monday, 9 February 2009, the two-day High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century opened in Windhoek, Namibia.

Discussions on day one centered on how to operationalize a Green Revolution in Africa, focusing on two central themes: how to incorporate sustainable land management and agricultural practices into African agriculture; and how to increase agricultural productivity in Africa.

During plenary, participants stressed the need to develop an African approach for a sustainable Green Revolution, community involvement and locally-driven development in agriculture, and creating an enabling policy environment.

In the ensuing discussion, topics discussed included developing an agro-ecological approach to farming, integrating crops and livestock production systems, the empowerment of women; water management, and land reform.
Daily Highlights
Monday, 9 February - Tuesday, 10 February

Libertina Amathila, Deputy Prime Minister, Namibia.
Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General, UN-DESA.
CSD17 Chair Gerda Verburg, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands.
Messaouda Mint Baham, Minister of Rural Development, Mauritania.
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia.
Rudy Rabbinge, CGIAR Science Council Chair.
Daily Highlights
Monday, 9 February - Tuesday, 10 February

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