Kigali, 09th September 2020 . The Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale farmers Forum (ESAFF) says scaling up agroecological practices will help poorer farmers cope with climate change, debt trap and ensure sustainably availability of healthy nutritious food in Africa.
ESAFF coordinator says agroecology is suited to ensure farmer ownership of seed and land, caring for the earth as the conventional agriculture shows the increase of poverty, malnutrition and hunger in Africa.
The ESAFF coordinator emphasized that Africa need to re look at agriculture and revisit rural development strategies to ensure that villages are energised to become centres of production and processing of health and nutritious food.
He said it is shocking to see an increase of 67%, since 2017, of food insecure people in SADC countries while the State of Food Report 2020 shows that Africa will overtake Asia by 2030 with 430-million people undernourished.
He lastly called for EXTENSION SERVICES that is equipped and focused on agroecology, biodiversity, local seed banks and marketing to support smallholder farmers produce health food sustainably while caring for the environment.
The meeting was attended among others by Dr. Agnes Kalibata, the UN Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit, who in her opening, promised to listen to what African farmers have to say in their own words.
Other speakers were; Ms. Onyaole Patience Koku from Nigeria, Dr. Dick Kamuganga, President of the Uganda National Farmers Federation, Ms. Hellen Akinyi Onyango from Kenya, Dr. King-David Kwao Amoah the President of Farmers Organisation Network in Ghana and Dr. Theo de Jager, President of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO)