RainTrust at the global level is mandated to operate under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and, to operate under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Framework. We also agree with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Paris Agreement and related Nationally Determined Contributions (NGC’s) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
At the continental level, our partnership with the African Union’s Agenda 2063, will be augmented to propel sustainable management of the terrestrial ecosystems under the guidelines of the 2012 Gaborone Declaration of Sustainability in Africa as well as The 2014 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods.
African Agenda 2063 is a framework formulated for the purpose of guiding Africa’s development in the next fifty years. Organization of African Unity (OAU) focused on decolonization of Africa and performed very well in that regard. African Union (AU) is focusing on development on a broad front, be it economic, social, political, scientific as well as cultural. African Agenda 2063 built on existing African frameworks, programmes and declarations, consultations with a broad spectrum of African stakeholders at the grassroots level, synthesis of 35 national and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) strategic and action plans, situational analysis and study of global mega trends. It was adopted by the African Union Summit in January 2015.
Its First Ten Year Implementation Plan (FTYIP) was adopted in June 2015. It predates global Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of September 2015, Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) adopted by the Third Conference on Financing for Development; and end of 2015 Paris COP21. It should be pointed out from the outset that global Agenda 2030 and its SDGs were heavily influenced by African Union’s Common African Position on Post 2015 Development Agenda (CAP) with Africa being the only region to submit a well-articulated position in writing. UN Open Working Group (OWG) and formal inter-governmental negotiations relied heavily on CAP. CAP was adopted by the AU Summit in Addis Ababa in January of 2015 and promulgated in Ndjamena in February 2015. The question is: What has transpired since adoption Agenda 2063? Has there been any progress towards its implementation?
The “Organization for Indigenous Initiatives and Sustainability” is a locally controlled Baobab, Shea Nuts and Butter forest products cooperative union with 9,376 women and 485 men indigenously working in 42 registered cooperatives engaged in collection, production, processing and marketing of Baobab and Shea products. The baobab value chain is entirely controlled by producers, processors, traders, and supportive service provider. With the support from a cross-section of stakeholders and organizations have established linkages at community, district, national and international levels. M2e micro-loans will help ORGIIS expand their enterprise and goodwill.
IPACC is a membership organization network of 135 indigenous peoples’ from 20 African countries. It is run by Indigenous peoples in Africa for the promotion of their own rights and welfare. IPACC is accredited with the UN Economic and Social Council, the UNEP, the GEF, UNESCO, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UNCCD. IPACC has observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and is a member organisation of the IUCN.
The “Association for the Promotion for Livestock in the Sahel Region” represents more than 500,000 pastoral farmer members that own, raise and manage two million livestock across one million hectares in the countries of Nigeria and Burkina Faso. This community adoption/ JV model fits our M2e/African Union and IFAD bank criteria; lending, technical assistance and M2e foods distribution.
The Sahara Group is an oil, gas and utilities conglomerate with interests in farming, infrastructure development and real estate. They support their related Sahara Group Foundation that focuses on education and jobs for African youth. They have operations in Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Benin Republic, United Kingdom, Singapore, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Angola.