Experts call for faster farmer access to agro-innovations
A group of agricultural experts meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have called for acceleration of farmer access to innovations that can sustainably increase food production as weather extremes and crop pests become more common.
“We need to move decisively to disrupt the status quo that is denying African farmers access to potentially transformative technologies,” said Dr Ousmane Badiane, chair of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) at the forum this week.
AATF hosted the event, which included senior government officials from Ethiopia, representatives from the Islamic Development Bank, and high-level representatives from the African Union and key donor countries.
The event dubbed “Catalysing African agricultural transformation through public-private partnerships” addressed some issues discussed at the global climate summit in Katowice, Poland last week, key among them the high carbon emissions from human activities, which have hit an all-time high in 2018.
“While these are times of great challenges, they are also filled with promising opportunities for African farmers,” said Dr Denis T. Kyetere, AATF’s executive director.
CREDIT –Brian Okinda