NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Food security experts on Monday called on Africa
to incorporate multisectoral and interdisciplinary investment
approaches in smallholder food production and reduction of
Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda,
CEO of South Africa-based Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource
Policies Analysis Network (FANRPAN), said the government
investment is an effective way to decrease poverty and meet the
food security needs of vulnerable populations.
“Farmers in Africa
require transformative policies that ensure easy access to
improved agricultural technologies and markets,” Sibanda said in
Nairobi during an agricultural forum.
She said that the
continent is currently facing difficult times, with the adverse
climatic change that has been attributed to massive crop
According to Kenya’s
Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy
Bett, Africa’s agricultural sector has stagnated due to
political environment, conspiracy and culture.
“This trend is to
blame for the low productivity in the sector despite efforts by
the government,” Bett said.
He however revealed
that Kenya has embarked on various steps aimed at improving
investment in the sector to make it attractive to both the
youths and women.
Bett said that the
country has invested in reducing costs of production,
subsidizing cost of fertilizer and seeds and mechanization.
According to recent
estimates by the World Bank, the annual value of post harvest
losses for grains in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) stands at 4
billion U.S. dollars per year.
The report said that
many Africans do not have reliable access to healthy, affordable
and nutritious food despite the overwhelming importance of
agriculture, livestock and fisheries to the livelihoods of over
70 percent of the continents population.
Dr. Segenet Kelemu,
Director General of the Nairobi-based International Centre for
Insect Physiology (ICIPE), called for an overhaul of the
education curriculum in Africa in favor of agriculture that
matches job market.
Kelemu noted that
having technology alone is not enough without the incorporation
of in mechanization, infrastructure development and investment