The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) was established
with the objectives of promoting agricultural and rural development and
ensuring food security for Africans, and achieving sustainable development and
improved livelihoods for the population, and ensuring effective protection and
development of the African environment underpinned by sound environmental and
natural resources management including disaster risk reduction and adaptation
to climate change. It has the following vision and mission statements.
DREA’s Vision: A transformed sustainable agriculture
that guarantees food and nutrition
security and equitable economic growth for all citizens while ensuring sound
environmental management and sustainable use of natural resources.
To develop and promote the
implementation of policies and strategies aimed at strengthening African
Agriculture and sound environmental management; by working with AU Member
States, RECs, African Citizens, Institutions, and other Stakeholders.
The Commissioner responsible for rural economy and
agriculture represents the department and provides overall leadership, while
the Director provides management oversight and coordinates the activities and
resources organized under three divisions and six regional technical agencies.
The three Divisions are: Agriculture and Food Security; Environment and Natural
Resources; and Rural Economy. The Divisions are led by Heads of Division and
staffed with Senior Policy Officers, Policy Officers and support staff.
AUC-DREA’s regional technical agencies, located in various regions of Africa,
address specialized issues and needs of Africa. These agencies are: the Inter
African Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR) based in Nairobi, Kenya; the Inter
African Phyto-Sanitary Council (IAPSC) based in Yaoundé, Cameroon; the
Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre (PANVAC) based in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia;
the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Control and Eradication Campaign
(PATTEC) based at the AUC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the Semiarid Food
Grain Research and Development (SAFGRAD) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso;
and the Fouta Djallon Highlands Integrated Natural Resources Project (FDH)
based in Conakry, Guinea. In addition, linked to the Department are two
specialized projects, the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable
Development (AMESD) and the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) both
linked to the Division of Environment and Natural Resources.
AUC-DREA and its regional technical agencies provide the needed political
leadership; facilitate policy coherence, harmonization and coordination
required in addressing the challenges related to agriculture, rural
development, environment and natural resources. Together with the NEPAD Agency,
RECs, Member States, and other key institutions, it strives to address the
strategic issues by capitalizing on the opportunities and developments toward
achieving AU’s goals for its Member States.