FOOD SUSTAINABILITY IN AFRICA WILL DEPEND ON THE AVAILABILITY OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PEASANT FARMERS

The Executive Director of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) Dr Yemi Akinbamijo says farming is not about throwing few seeds around and expecting that it would grow into crops for harvesting.

DR. YEMI AKINBAMIJO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FARA

He said people who practice farming in this manner are peasants and it would take capacity building and financial support to turn them into agri-busniess owners. “Farming requires huge investments, not the flash in the pan kind of investments that we see in Africa. You cannot write in the dark with a flash” Dr. Akinbamijo stressed.

 

The Executive Director of FARA was addressing Journalists in Accra recently ahead of the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and the General Assembly to be held in the Rwandan capital, Kigali from June 13 to 16 this year.

 

He noted that the over reliance on development partners by African leaders to fund agriculture research could partly be blamed for the poor state of Agriculture in Africa. He has therefore called on African leaders to revise their approach towards agric finance in order to ensure food sustainability for the people of the continent.

 

The Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and FARA General Assembly (GA) is the principal forum for all stakeholders in African agriculture Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to reflect on their achievements and craft strategies and actions aimed at enhancing the contribution of agriculture STI towards accelerating the continent’s economic and social transformation. This event is organized every three years. The last such event, the sixth AASW and FARA GA, was held in Accra, Ghana in July 2013.

 

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