Saturday, 17 September 2016

Kenya: Experts discuss strategies for Africa's


Close to 1500 delegates including
Africa heads of State and government
have come together in Kenya to
discuss how Africa can better benefit
from the continent’s Agricultural
transformation.

The green revolution forum(September
5 to 9) is holding under the theme,
“Seize the moment, Africa rising
through Agricultural Transformation.
In an address to delegates, Uhuru
Kenyatta said the forum is not only
important but urgent because despite
Africa’s unbelievable opportunities, the
continent faces food insecurity threats.
“Across the continent we depend on
Agriculture to enhance food security
and nutrition,“Kenyatta said.
A continental agricultural performance
scorecard to measure and track
progress has been made. Kenyatta
called on all participates to pledge to
mobilise at least 400 million dollars for
public and private sector investment in
the next five years. The participants
have also taken steps towards a better
push for accountability.
“Now as a continent we all know the
significance of the sector. We
understand that it is not just the
backbone of our national economy but
is also bread and butter for our people.
We are aware that growth in
Agriculture is up to eleven times more
effective at reducing poverty than
growth in any other sector,” Uhuru
Kenyatta added.
For several years, Africa has been
neglecting its Agricultural sector.
Although 90 million African farmers can
feed the whole continent, it is rather
paradoxical that millions of Africans die
of starvation.
The goal of the forum is to ensure that
Africa repents from its importation
habits to become a significant global
food supplier.