Biennial Review 2019 Commitment 3: Ending Hunger by 2025
Julie Kurtz and John M. Ulimwengu
The AU Commission, with support from various partners including the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, Africa Lead, and CAADP Non-State Actors Coalition, developed the Africa Agricultural Transformation Scorecard (AATS) as part of the BR to evaluate member states’ progress toward the Malabo goals and recognize the best-performing countries. The AATS provides a gradual, incremental scale for assessing improvement, with “milestones” that indicate whether a country or region is on track to achieve the goals by 2025.
For each BR year, the AU has set milestones for all indicators and sub-indicators, as well as overall milestones for the seven thematic commitments, and one overall milestone score. By comparing scores across countries, the peer-to-peer metric can stimulate continuous improvement and help identify countries implementing best practices. Forty-nine AU Member States reported on their progress during this second cycle of the BR process (compared with 47 Member States in the inaugural report). The 2019 BR milestone score was set at 6.66 out of 10, compared with 3.94 in 2017. Only four out the 49 reporting countries surpassed the 2019 milestone, compared with 20 in 2017; at the regional level, no region was on track. In this brief, Julie Kurtz and John M. Ulimwengu examine more closely Thematic Commitment 3 (Ending Hunger by 2025), its goal and targets, scoring methodology, the successes and challenges faced by countries in meeting the 2019 milestones, and recommendations for supporting achievement of the Malabo commitments by 2025.
AKADEMIYA2063 and ReSAKSS