Armed conflicts and climate change delay development of Agriculture in Africa

EYEAFRICA TV: Luanda, Angola: Armed conflicts, climate change, are hampering investments for the transformation of Agriculture In Africa. According to the report of the Biennial Assessment, presented by the African Union commission.

Six years have passed since the Leaders of the African continent decided to transform Agriculture in Africa.

During the African Union summit, which took place in Ethiopia, the second Biennial report was presented, which revealed some difficulty in implementing the project.

In the report, presented, two negative aspects were identified, Armed conflicts and climate change, are at the base of the weak investment made by Countries in Africa, especially in Agriculture and the horizon zero until 2025, where it is already committed.

“We have to resolve this issue as soon as possible, so that in 2025, we can significantly reduce these problems in Africa, climate change, armed conflicts, not to mention insecurity with all this, we cannot be ambitious in saying that in 2025, we will reduce hunger to zero, but if we reduce the level of the hunger problem by at least 60 to 70%, it will be a small victory,” said Josefa Sacko, Commissioner of the African Union Commission for Rural Economy and Agriculture.

Armed conflicts and climatic conditions are major problems for the development of agriculture in Africa, examples of which were Cyclone Idai and Kennedy that devastated Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe recorded a loss of more than 783 million dollar Also because of the weather changes, the Horn of Africa region suffers from the locust plague that is hampering the harvest. For this reason, the 55 countries in Africa are spending money to import food.

“To give you an idea, the 55 African countries spend annually money to import agricultural food, we are talking about values over 35 billions of dollars to import food, I think the time has come to change this situation, we have to invest in training young people to Invest in Agro-Business, and also work on infrastructure, we can also move from Subsistence Agriculture to Market Agriculture, I think it is time to do Agriculture and time for the African continent to be self sufficient food,” said Josefa Sacko.

Even so, the African Union commission saw improvements in the 2019 Biennial Assessment report, Angola also followed this improvement, which by the way, can be considered good news for the country.

“Angola, learned that they have potential for this area, being myself Angolan, I am happy for this Development, because in the first edition, we had 2.7 out of 10, now we have 4, out of 8 improvement in this sector, this means that we had a growth of approximately 172% improvement in this sector and I believe we are on the right track and I will already encourage the Ministry of Agriculture to continue on this path, because the report now published was not as bad as the first one,” Josefa Sacko added.

Angolan Josefa Sacko serves the last term as commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development, and does not rule out the candidacy for another second term.

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