If the Millennium Development Goals are to be achieved in Africa, the African Union must put an end to conflicts in the continent, Yoweri Museveni suggested this week. Peace is a requisite condition for development, according to the Ugandan president, who noted in a statement that thousands of people are killed and displaced each year because of violence. African leaders have agreed to declare 2010 as the year of peace in Africa. Museveni urged more support to the African Peace Fund.

Meanwhile, only eight African countries reached the target of allotting at least 10 percent of their budget to agriculture, according to the 2010 Africa Progress Report. Only Ethiopia, Gambia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal have surpassed the 6 percent threshold of agricultural growth set out in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program, stressed the report, unveiled on the sidelines of the 45th annual meeting of the African Development Bank.

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Africa was on the right track to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The continent, however, still needs fair trade practices and stronger democracy, PANA reports.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.