Below is the message of HE Moussa Faki Mahama, AUC Chairperson, on the occasion of the celebration of Africa Day 2019.

The message was notably delivered by DR Ahmed ELMEKASS, AU SAFGRAD Coordinator, during a ceremony organized in Ouagadougou under the chairmanship of HE MR Rock Marc Christian KABORE, President of Burkina Faso.

- Message of AUC Chiarperson (English version)

- Message du President de la Commission de l'UA

- Message of AUC Chiarperson (Arabic version)


25 MAI, JOURNEE INTERNATIONALE DE L’AFRIQUE. L'UA SAFGRAD, en collaboration avec des partenaires clés, dont le gouvernement du Burkina Faso, célèbre la Journée de l'Afrique à Ouagadougou, au Burkina Faso.

L'UNION AFRICAINE SAFGRAD, en collaboration avec l’État du Burkina Faso, a travers du Ministère de l’intégration africaine (MIABE), de l’UA CIEFFA et de la CEDEAO, organise les Journées de l’intégration africaine à Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) du 24 au 28 mai 2019.


Les commémorations organisées dans le cadre de la Journée internationale de l’Afrique 2019 concernent des activités très attrayantes, notamment :


- Une cérémonie officielle de lancement de la journée de l'Afrique organisée le samedi 25 mai 2019 à 9 h 00 dans la salle de conférence de Ouaga 2000 sous la présidence effective du président du Burkina Faso, SEM Roch Marc Christian KABORE. Une conférence publique animée par d'éminents spécialistes sur le thème de l'intégration africaine suivra immédiatement.


- à partir du vendredi 24 mai, organisation d'une exposition-vente de produits et de plats africains à la Maison du Peuple ;


- Un Cross Populaire suivi d'une séance d'aérobic qui se tiendra place de la Nation le vendredi 24 mai 2019 à partir de 16h, suivi d'un match de football représentant la finale de la Coupe des Ambassades au Burkina Faso. ;


- Il sera également organisé un jeu-concours radiophonique avec l’animateur vedette Ahmed Kossa de la Radio OMEGA le vendredi 24 mai 2019, ainsi que de nombreux autres programmes médiatiques ;


- Mardi 28 mai 2019 à Ouaga 2000, conférence publique sur : l'état de la libre circulation des personnes et des biens dans l'espace CEDEAO.




AFRICA DAY 2019. AU SAFGRAD, in collaboration with key partners including the Government of Burkina Faso is celebrating Africa Day in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

AFRICAN UNION SAFGRAD, in collaboration with the Government of Burkina Faso through the Ministry of African Integration (MIABE), AU CIEFFA and ECOWAS, organizes the AFRICAN INTEGRATION DAYS in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 24 to 28 May 2019.


The celebrations that are held within the framework of AFRICA DAY 2019 concern very attractive activities including the following:


- An official launching ceremony of the Africa Day organized on Saturday, May 25, 2019 starting from 09H at the Conference Hall of Ouaga 2000 under the effective chairmanship of the President of Burkina Faso, HE Mr. Roch Marc Christian KABORE. A public lecture led by eminent specialists on the theme of African Integration will immediately follow this official ceremony.


- From Friday, May 24, to Tuesday May 28: organization of an exhibition of products and African dishes at the “Maison du Peuple”;


- A Running (Cross Populaire) followed by an aerobics session to be held at “Place de la Nation” Square on Friday, May 24, 2019 starting from 4 PM, followed by a Football match representing final of the Cup of Embassies in Burkina Faso;


- It will also be organized a radio quiz competition with Ahmed Kossa of Radio OMEGA on Friday May 24, 2019 as well as many other media programs;


- Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Ouaga 2000, Public lecture on: the state of the free movement of people and goods in the ECOWAS region.




Save the date: High-Level Policy Dialogue on “Migration, Land Degradation and Sustainable Development in the Sahel Countries”. 25-27 June 2019, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

African Union Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development (AU-SAFGRAD) and the Environment, Climate Change, Water and Land Management Division (ECCWLM) of the AUC with the support of partners are planning a High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) to take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from June 25-27, 2019 for the Sahel G5 countries.

1. Background and rationale

Environmental factors play a role in causing population movements, and conversely, migration has an impact on the environment.

For instance, internal migration, such as the process of urbanisation, is sometimes linked to environmental degradation and environmental disasters which force farmers and other rural populations off their land. Also, the presence of large numbers of displaced persons in refugee camps and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) hosting areas can have negative effects on local environments. Environmental considerations should therefore be playing an increasingly important role in the formulation of policies on migration and forced displacement. In the discussions of the Rio+20 process, migration has been recognized for its increasing importance and relevance to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Global inequality, the lack of decent work, poverty, conflict, gender inequalities and discrimination, terrorism and climatic pressure continue to drive people to search for ‘greener pastures’ including going abroad.

The relationship between Environment/Sustainable Agriculture and migration is complex with the other socio-economic factors that drive people to move, either voluntarily or by necessity. Some estimates indicate, however, that extreme events (floods, droughts etc.) and environmental degradation (desertification, soil erosion etc.,) which will be exacerbated by climate change – will move or permanently displace up to 200 million people by 2050.

Migration is therefore a nexus for many issues of sustainable development, such as agriculture, food security, water and energy. Globally, and in Africa in particular, the significant and multifaceted contribution that migration can make to development has gained greater recognition. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, and explicit references to migration in six of its 17 goals, migration has gained global prominence.

The African Union (AU) in 2015 launched Africa’s development strategy for the next half century, with the adoption of Agenda 2063, which aspires to an integrated and politically united Africa, and calls for the free movement of people, capital, goods and services. The African Union recognises the crucial role of migration and displaced persons in the socio economic development of the continent. Hence the decision of Heads of State and Governments in their January 2019 summit to declare this year of migration under the theme: The year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Toward Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa. Back in 2006, the African Union Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) was adopted in Banjul as one of the few regional policy frameworks which refer to the relationship between migration and the environment, including rural–urban migration due to environmental degradation and disasters and the consequences of forced migration on the environment.

At the regional level, the West Africa region and specifically the Sahel has been facing the last ten years tremendous displacements of people both within country and across borders. The region is affected by recurring insecurity and instability. Over the past decades, several armed conflicts have taken place in the region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad etc.). The displacement of population is affecting both the environment and the livelihoods production systems.

It is against this background that African Union Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development (AU-SAFGRAD) and the Environment, Climate Change, Water and Land Management Division (ECCWLM) of the AUC with the support of partners are planning a High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) to take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from June 25-27, 2019 for the Sahel G5 countries.

2. Objectives of the Dialogue

The proposed high level policy dialogue aims to enable the Sahel G5 Member States to come up with common understanding that will facilitate them to harmonize regional strategy in order to facilitate the coherent management of migration in the region by focusing on specific topics with direct impact on Environment Protection, Sustainable livelihood production, Pastoralist promotion etc. More specifically, the objectives of the High level Policy Dialogue include among others:

 To bring together respective relevant ministers in charge of Environment from the Sahel G5 countries and experts to exchange views, ideas and experiences on how to best respond to the realities of environmentally induced movements in their respective countries and to identify effective practices for minimizing vulnerability;

 To provide the those countries with the opportunity to discuss different dimensions of capacity-building required to manage the multifaceted impact of climate change and environmental degradation on human mobility;

 To exchange innovative ideas for multi-stakeholder partnerships at all stages of the migration process, including strategies for a comprehensive approach to ensure effective protection and assistance to environmental migrants,

 To facilitate the Sahel countries develop harmonized sub regional policies and collective responses to manage migration,

 To provide a better understanding of the nexus between environmental degradation, food insecurity and instability in the region,

 To promote advocate for mainstreaming Environment related migration in national and regional frameworks.


3. Expected outcomes

The Panel Discussion on Migration and Sustainable Development:

 Deepen the understanding on relations between migration and sustainable development, including trends, patterns, opportunities and emerging challenges;

 Deliberate on root causes of migration as they relate to climate change and environmental degradation.

 Promote effective national policies as well as international and regional cooperation and dialogues on migration and sustainable development and share successful experience and lessons learned; and

 Promote collaboration and synergies between the ministries as well as the relevant stakeholders

 Identify potential entry points on the global compact on migration

 A ministerial declaration on the subject which would be taken to other the policy organs of the African Union.

4. Structure the of the dialogue

The deliberations and discussions during the High Level Dialogue will be structured as follow:

 A two-day expert session to deliberate on thematic focus areas as well as around key issues such as the root causes of Environment displaced people; the policy pathways to ensure better management of environmental migrants. It would be interactive in nature and would permit robust engagement for the participants to share experiences.

 One day Ministerial session where invited ministers from the five (05) countries would deliberate on the outcomes of the expert work which will ultimate produce a communique.

5. Participants

The High Level Policy Dialogue is aimed at Ministers in charge of Environment and senior officers of the relevant Ministries. It will also benefit from the insights and experience of representatives of the African Union Commission (AUC); Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), UN agencies as well as a select number of representatives from Academic and research institutions, experts from diverse fields of competency., Private Sectors, Traditional leaders/mediators, and experts from diverse fields of competency. 

6. Date and venue

The High Level Policy dialogue will be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 25-27 June 2019. 

7. Partners

AU-SAFGRAD will be partnering with ECCWLM division - AUC headquarters, the Government of Burkina Faso and, UNEP to organize this Policy Dialogue. AU-SAFGRAD and partners will be funding this event and will be in charge of the logistic arrangements. 

8. Facilitation

Two (02) Expert consultants will be engaged to facilitate the dialogue supported by Experts from the organizing institutions.




TORs Consultant to elaborate a legal instrument for securing pastoral activities and managing conflicts between pastoralists and farmers in Africa. TDR d’un Consultant pour l’élaboration d’un instrument juridique pour la sécurisation des activités pastora

TORs Consultant to elaborate a legal instrument for securing pastoral activities and managing conflicts between pastoralists and farmers in Africa

The African Union’s SAFGRAD office in collaboration with the Division of Rural Economy of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) and the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division (CPEWD) of the Peace and Security Department (PSD) of the African Union Commission (AUC) is seeking the services of One (01) qualified professional to elaborate a Continental Pastoral Code for the promotion of Pastoralism and the management of the conflicts between Pastoralists and farmers in Africa.

Download here the full TORs (English)

TDR d’un Consultant pour l’élaboration d’un instrument juridique pour la sécurisation des activités pastorales et la gestion des conflits éleveurs –agriculteurs en Afrique.

Le bureau du SAFGRAD de l’Union Africaine en collaboration avec la Division de l’Economie Rurale du Département de l’Economie Rurale et de l’Agriculture (DERA) et la Division de la Prévention des Conflits et d’Alerte Précoce (DPCAP) du Département de la Paix et de la Sécurité (DPS) de la Commission de l’Union Africaine (CUA) sollicite les services d’un (01) professionnel qualifié pour élaborer un Code Pastoral Continental pour la promotion du Pastoralisme et la gestion des conflits Eleveurs-Agriculteurs en Afrique.

Telecharger ici les TDR en Francais





After Niamey, Republic of Niger, last year, in March 2019, Luanda, Capital City of Republic of Angola, hosted the 2019 s edition of Africa Environment and Wangari Maathai Day. African Union Commission (AUC) has co-organizing this year, with the government of the Republic of Angola the Africa Environment & Wangari Maathai Day on 3rd of March. From 1-2 march, the forum Women and Environment predated the event with the theme: Women, Environment and Peace.

The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) through its Environment Division and the Specialized Technical Office AU SAFGRAD, were actively involved in the planning and execution of this important continental event. This celebration, that constituted an opportunity for the AUC to reaffirm its commitment toward environmental protection in Africa, was attended by various International and African organizations.

The AUC delegation was headed by HE Mrs Josefa Sacko Correa, Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, and included many other officers notably from Environment Division. AU SAFGRAD team comprised the Coordinator (Dr. Ahmed Elmekass) and two senior officers namely Mr. Youssoupha MBENGUE (information and Outreach Officer) and Mr. Mamadou KOUTOU (Programme Officer). The opportunity was taken by the office to disseminate outreach materials such as books, T-shirts, caps, etc.

AU SAFGRAD Head of Office, Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS, has delivered on behalf of the Commission a an important statement during the forum Women and Environment.


From 1-2 March, the forum Women and Environment preceded the celebrations of the AE&WMD. Participants came from various Member States and International institutions. The objective of the forum is to raise political awareness on strengthening regional and national policies and strategies that would enhance women access to land and other natural resources.

The role of Women is essential in promoting sustainable natural resource management and prevention of conflicts. However, women are inadequately represented at all levels of policy formulation and decision-making in natural resource and environmental management, conservation, protection and rehabilitation. They are also not well represented in issues dealing with peace building and conflict prevention. Morever, indigenous women have particular knowledge of ecological linkages and fragile ecosystem management. Women in Africa can take courage from the late Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya who devoted her entire life to environmental protection and conservation and remains an immortal global icon.


The D day was marked by two major events. The first one was an important planting of trees with the presence of several leaders notably HE Mrs Josefa Sacko Correa, Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, the Governor of Luanda, the Minister of Envronment of Angola, the vice Minister of Environment of Namibia. They delivered respectively statements to mark this important celebration.

The second event was also another trees planting that took place in an important place that is a new built area of the City of Luanda. Youth actively participated to the ceremony with the planting of hundreds of plants.

The particapants to these celebrations of AE&WMD took the opportunity of their presence in Luanda to visit several places with environmental issues notably the important mangroves surrounded the capital city of Angola.


Download here the Opening Statement of HE DREA Commisionner delivered by Dr Ahmed Elmekass












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