Feed Africa Strategy for agricultural transformation in Africa 2016–2025
|Post date||Friday, 14 April, 2017 - 10:08|
|Document Type||Strategic Response Plan, Strategic Plan|
It is time for Africa to feed itself. There is no reason for Africa to be a net food importing region, spending $35 billion annually on food imports. This is especially so because the continent has 65% of the uncultivated arable land left in the world to feed 9 billion people by 2050. What we do with African agriculture today will determine the future of food in the world. With African countries facing challenges from decline in commodity prices, coupled with currency depreciations, the macroeconomic and fiscal pressure of food imports are becoming unbearable. Dependency on food imports is depressing domestic currencies, driving up inflation, while causing huge unemployment in rural areas, especially among the youths. It is time for Africa to decisively take advantage of its agriculture sector. Agriculture should now be taken as a business, not a way of life. African countries need to pursue policies and programs that will allow the continent to become a net food exporting region, while using agricultural industrialization to add value to processed foods and export commodities. And we must support Africa to address huge challenges posed by climate change to the agriculture sector. We must build resilience of the food system.