NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
International agricultural experts on
Tuesday called for establishment of a viable system for
the production and supply of quality and high-yielding
seeds to help boost food security in Africa.
from the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Africa’s
agricultural think tank said quality seeds are key
solution to transforming Africa’s underdeveloped
President Program Development and Innovation Joe DeVries
told journalists in Nairobi that the seed sector holds
Africa’s green revolution in agriculture’s development
agricultural productivity growth in Africa has
historically been a failure to provide Africa’s farmers
access to higher yielding seeds,” DeVries said during
the launch of a book that profiles seed system in
that African farmers have continued to struggle, mostly
depending on the same methods used by their grandparents
leading to massive hunger and poverty in the continent.
the intensification of local farms and national food
supply systems has been catalyzed by the introduction
and distribution of improved seeds and higher yielding
happy that the continent’s seed sector is now growing
tremendously following the adoption of new technologies
and support to the farmers and seed producers,” he said
observed that in the past 10 years the number of local
seed companies increased from 10 in 2007 to over 110
today in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa excluding South
companies have produced and marketed over 600,000 MT of
high-quality and high-yielding seeds that have improved
farmers yields and incomes in the continent.
“Seeding an African Green Revolution”, the “Program for
Africa’s Seed Systems”, the book has narrated the
challenges faced, the many successes achieved and
outline the work that remains to be done.
The book that was written by AGRA is aimed at providing
solutions to key bottlenecks to agricultural development
that is critical to the Africa’s economic prosperity.