On this 12th October 2021, those gathered at the 1st conference of the Vision 2030 United Nations Food Systems Summit Dialogue hereby commit to create, curate, and support projects that advance the following priorities on the African continent for the next 9 years:
- Free and equal access to agricultural education, especially for women and children, that teaches
- Sustainability and renewability,
- Indigenous land stewardship practices,
- Agricultural innovation;
- Improved cross-sectoral and cross-industrial linkages that promote connectivity between any and all components of the African agriculture value chain, emphasising
- Clear and distinctive channels of communication between agricultural solution providers, smallholder farmers, agricultural gatekeepers, government and/or policymakers, market makers, and any other stakeholder group that facilitate the agriculture value chain,
- Connections to encourage co-creation with or full ownership of food system solutions by affected farming communities,
- The exchange of technical knowledge and capabilities in a way that is free, fair, and timely for smallholder farmers,
- The importance of leveraging ongoing intervention programs and networks even when fragmented our out of reach due to geographical, economic, or social constraints;
- Pursuit of the nature based economy, in which both urban and rural areas can experience a full suite of pro-agriculture adaptations across a diverse range of sectors (e.g. services; tourism, leisure, entertainment, public goods)
- This should be a holistic approach that includes all communities and classes and industries already present in the economy without forging unoriginal or maladaptive ‘copy & paste’ strategies observed outside of the region,
- This should strictly avoid top-down and theoretic decision making,
- This should develop through community-led focus groups and consultation with consideration to current challenges;
- Resolving Africa’s hundred-billion-dollar annual infrastructure financing gap as it applies constraints to agricultural logistics
- Supporting interventions that create communities of practice along tradable lengths of the continent and connect them to one another,
- Seeking efficiency and cost minimisation for intra-African trade through a mixed set of innovations;
- Empowering socially oriented technological innovators, startups, and responsible businesses that resolve the ongoing harmonisation challenges between the different stages, components, and key stakeholder groups of the African agriculture value chain
- Seeking methods to advance the technologies created by signatories of this Plan of Action, including but not limited to water cleaning and filtration systems, coating, sensors, free WIFI.
After the signature and ratification of the Vision 2030 Plan of Action, members will be added to the Vision 2030 communications list and receive a quarterly brief authored by the organising committee. The brief will feature progress on Vision 2030, including significant milestones and actions undertaken by signatories across the continent and around the world to achieve this objective.
The organising committee agrees to carefully screen, shortlist, and select project proposals that satisfy the 5 priority areas of the Vision 2030 Plan of Action. Selected project proposals will then be entered into incubation, and upon incubation will be presented to all signatories as an optional engagement opportunity. Should a signatory opt to engage with the project, they will be included in the design thinking stages of the particular project, and consulted according to their area of expertise. In return for engaging with the project at such an early stage, the signatory will be duly credited as a project co-founder and co-owner.
Approved project proposals that make it to the incubation stage will be managed independently of all other projects under this agenda unless clear synergies and collaborative opportunities are identified. However, some clear, unanimous project structuring and best practices will be stipulated and communicated with all signatories before the approval of Vision 2030’s first project.
Sample Shortlist of Project Proposals
- Creation of a database, platform, or application: linking key stakeholder groups, offering seamless access to resources and knowledge bases, connectivity, and innovative technology,
- Organisational ratification badge: Provide water/infrastructure/seed banking and they guarantee to implement 100% organic or employ 50% women with equitable pay,
- Intra-farmer bartering platform,
- Nature based solutions and nature based economy information campaign,
- Policy proposal package for African municipalities that bring changes to natural resources, climate, and emissions tracking best practices in the continent, as well as harnessing import & export data to optimise food circulation;
By agreeing to support the Vision 2030 Plan of Action, signatories agree to implement and commit to the 5 priorities listed above to best of their ability, using either personal or organizational resources wherever it is fit.
Statement of shared values
As signatories of the Vision 2030 Plan of Action, we commit to produce actions and uphold values that bolster Africa’s agriculture and food systems. We commit to the preservation of our natural landscapes, using non-invasive, organic, non-genetically modified, non-chemical, and indigenous methods to intervene in areas that must be improved in order to move African food systems forward. We agree to look inward; to look into our own communities, economies, geographies, histories, and capacities at all times, and not to rely on externalisation of ownership, consultation, financing, or any other essential pillar as we produce projects to shape the future of African food systems. We encourage innovators and all parties involved to always seek community ownership of approved projects, aiming to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, women, and children first.