South African farmer, Mama Kena Kgoroeadira, talks passionately about the need to focus attention on harnessing indigenous knowledge in best farming practices to overcome the challenge of climate change in Africa.For her, going back to explore techniques and resources within the local environment is a sustainable means for African smallholder farmers, especially rural women who lack funding, to be climate smart in production.“The whole technologies and fertilizers will not help them because they do not have that support, that is why we must look within; look at how we used to do our water
“The Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance is the first such continental platform following the 2014 Malabo Declaration for mainstreaming climate change in agriculture,” said Mrs Estherine Fotabong, NEPAD Programmes Director, at the first Africa CSA Alliance Forum that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 13.
LERIBE- ‘Mamotseki Mahloko, a farmer specialising with seeds production, preferably white maize under the auspices of the Seeds And Market Project (SAMP) says her life transformed tremendously since she ventured into the industry in 2007.
Mahloko told the Informative that together with like-minded farmers, they have been guided through the process of seeds production by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in order to ably distribute seeds to farmers through their agriculture resource centres.
By Majara Molupe
BEREA- ‘Matiti Kabi, a young Mosotho woman who is the founder and president of Alosang Enterprise says her destiny in agri-business has not been an easy one as she met problems that would have stammered a less determined individual.
Home grown school feeding (HGSF) programmes are a win-win for both the children who are attracted to school and learn better, as well as for the local smallholder farmers who produce the food and gain a steady market from the school meal programmes.
MASERU- ‘Makhotso Mokotjomela, a farmer and resident of the outskirts of Mafeteng district says due to the incurring scourge of climate change the farmers are bedevilled by a significant downfall in food production.
“Food production is in a serious trouble and the situation continues to worsen,” Mokotjomela told the Informative in an exclusive interview last week.
“A Food and Nutrition Security Knowledge-Sharing and Monitoring Platform is an important and unifying tool to promote the generation and use of quality data in planning, monitoring and decision making by different stakeholders and sectors working to ensure food and nutrition security in Africa,” said Ms Isatou Jallow, Head of the Food Security and Nutrition Programme at the NEPAD Agency.
MASERU - Emerging women farmers are enthusiastic to adopt the Comprehensive Advanced Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) principles following a series of consultations by relevant stakeholders in the food security fraternity, Informative has learnt.
Johannesburg, South Africa, March 27, 2015: “We are the mouths that do the talking and farmers are the feet that do the walking,” remarked Dr Theo de Jager, President of the Pan African Farmers’ Organisation. Dr De Jager delivered a vote thanks to farmers and other par