The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called on the continent’s leaders to improve food security policies based on data and science.
The President attended At the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual summit in the State House, Nairobi, on the same day, he declared the drought in some parts of Kenya a national disaster.
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“Equipped with relevant and precise data, we are better able to take targeted measures to deal with water scarcity, climate change, land pressure and competition between food sources lances for livelihood and export cash crops. ”
He spoke to a virtual audience, to which President Samia Suluhu of Tanzania, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Ethiopian Prime Minister M. belonged to Inister Abiy Ahmed and Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera.
Other leaders were the Chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, the current Chairman of the African Union. < / p>
Almost all of them The countries present were faced with some food shortage caused either by conflict, drought or simply poor agricultural policy.
Making agriculture attractive
< p> Africa, said President Kenyatta, must make agriculture as attractive to children as law or other professions.
“To overcome these negative perceptions and to show our children and young people the nobility and profitability of agriculture , we are raising the place of agriculture in our schools by revitalizing the 4-K clubs, “he said of Kenya’s efforts.
” We are doing this because Kenya’s 31,218 elementary schools and the Ein Almost 10 million school children created an enormous network through which knowledge about food and nutrition security can be imparted. ”
These farming clubs, which were common during the era of President Daniel Moi, lost fame when the children turned to other professions. Nairobi argues that revitalizing the clubs could change children’s perceptions of the value of agriculture.
The virtual conference opened a critical one Talk to various African leaders about ways to accelerate the process of building and developing healthier and more resilient food systems on the continent ahead of the UnitedNationsFood Systems Summit on September 23rd.
And The speakers’ call focused on doubling down on investment in order to safeguard the continent’s volatile food systems. the speakers said.
The presidential summit was followed by a high-level pr Presidential body with African heads of state and government.
It was jointly established with the Alliance of a Green Rev. organizes olution in Africa (AGRA) 2021 and presented heads of government from Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Senegal, Botswana, Egypt, Nigeria, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique and Uganda. Former heads of state from Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia as well as the chairman of the African Union Commission also attended.
The five-day meeting that began in earnest on Tuesday under the theme “Pathways to recovery and resilient food systems” is one of the largest dialogues on inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa.
The summit aims to address the political, political and financial commitments and innovations that the continent has reached and is needed to advance the commitments made at the Malabo Summit of Heads of State and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
“This continent is now importing three times as much as it was 10 years ago,” said AgnesKalibata, President of AGRA.
Africaremainsa net food import eur with a food import bill that is higher than its food export revenue.