Nairobi, Kenya, June 29, 2015 – “The importance of operationalising the Malabo Declaration for transformation of African agriculture for shared prosperity cannot be overemphasised. Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, as well as many other African countries,” says Rebecca Wahome, CAADP Focal Person for Kenya in the Ministry of Agriculture.
Media practitioners and journalists from the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Journalists Network took part in a field visit to the Umbeluzi Agricultural Station, in Boane, Mozambique, as part of the training provided by the NEPAD Agency in June 2015.
“The field visit to Umbeluzi has motivated me to delve deeper into investigating the area of technology uptake by local populations,” said Judith Akolo, a journalist from Kenya.
“Double digit growth in Agriculture is possible.” This was a sentiment shared by one of the journalists attending the CAADP Network of Journalists training workshop which took place in Maputo, Mozambique this week.
The workshop was attended by journalists from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia
Driving out of the bustling city of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, towards the west to the town of Ambo 112km away, the landscape transforms into green highlands dotted with grazing cows,
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.