Participants at the kickoff meeting of ProIntensAfrica put science at the heart of Africa’s agricultural sector. According to them, most of the changes sought in the sector can only be achieved if science is taken into account in the activities of stakeholders of the agriculture sector.
While setting the stage for the discussion, the Ag: Divisional Manager for Visioning and Knowledge Management at the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA), Dr Wole Fatunbi, explained that ProIntensAfrica fits well with the demands and expectations of Africa’s Science Agenda and that of the world. Dr Fatunbi added that for a better future, increased productivity and a sustainable agriculture sector in Africa, science must be given a priority attention in the operations of the various institutions.
He mentioned sustained productivity, food security and increased wealth creation for farmers as some of the positive outcomes FARA and ProIntensAfrica were aiming at in the medium to long term.
“We want a future where farmers in Africa can produce, process, sell and get enough profit to be able to afford modest holiday or support their kids’ education in front line universities, this is what we mean by prosperous livelihood in agriculture” Dr Fatunbi continued.
He also underscored the need to increase trade within the African agricultural sector instead of resorting to the outside world at a higher cost.
Dr. Martin Kropff, the Deputy Director of Wageningen UR, also alluded to the fact that science is a strong driver for change across the globe and Africa cannot be different. “We absolutely need science in Africa to address development issues and improve the lives of the people,” he added.
Participants concurred that science was key to the development of the agriculture sector on the continent and thus called for increased engagement of the scientific community in the activities of stakeholders in the sector.
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