The former President of the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Dr. Namanga Ngongi has called on African citizens to mount pressure on their governments to develop policies and programmes to boost small scale farming in their various countries.
According to him, it is important to put pressure on global leaders and African government to enable them develop policies and technologies that support small holder farmers.
Speaking in a panel discussion on outlining the practical solutions necessary for Africa to feed its growing population in Nairobi, Kenya, he noted that donor governments were on the verge of preparing to evaluate progress on billions of dollars committed to global food security and sustainable development.
The discussion according to a press release by AGRA reviewed recommendations from the recently released report by the Montpellier Panel entitled, “Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture,”
The report recommended the following necessary steps that governments and the private sector must take to ensure long-term food security across the continent:
It was recommended that cooperate to reduce food price volatility, drive private investments and build corridor projects to boost productivity of smallholder farmers
Additionally, governments and the private sector must work with NGOs to ensure greater crop yields, combat land and water degradation and build climate-smart agriculture and as well partner with civil society to scale up nutrition, focus on rural women and youth and build diverse livelihoods
The panel focused on leveraging successes across the African continent and the importance of forming new partnerships to ensure smallholder farmers overcome hunger and poverty and help feed Africa’s expanding population.
Dr. James Nyoro, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Office who was also at the panel emphasised that it was a fact that agricultural productivity has gone up in a number of countries.
“What we need to do is identify those bright areas and follow their lead and replicate those efforts across the continent”, he added.

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