Africa needs more farm in­vest­ment to pre­vent hunger

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

African coun­tries should in­vest more in agri­cul­ture in or­der to cater for its grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. Since in­de­pen­dence, govern­ments have not put enough ef­fort and re­sources in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

This is de­spite the fact that it is the main source of in­come and food or as it is said, the back­bone of African coun­tries’ econ­omy. Many cases of mal­nu­tri­tion, deaths have also been re­ported in dif­fer­ent parts of Africa and its time those re­spon­si­ble change this nar­ra­tive.

They should en­cour­age more peo­ple to en­gage in farm­ing and as well as fa­cil­i­tate farm­ers with sub­sidised fer­tiliser, equip­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

By do­ing this, cases of mal­nu­tri­tion and deaths due to star­va­tion and poverty will be a thing of the past. This how­ever, comes with bud­get al­lo­ca­tions, part­ner­ships and re­search. These are ar­eas we need to pri­ori­tise.

AN­DREW MALONZA Meru

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