NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Lack of soil micronutrients is to blame for poor
food security, stagnant growth and severe health problems in
Africa, food security experts said in a new report released on
Food Africa, the
report conducted by a team of researchers on enhancing food
security in West and East Africa, revealed that overcoming
micronutrient deficiencies in soils is the solution to the
problem that has affected agriculture in the continent.
The report finds
that Africa’s top soil lack manganese, iron, zinc and boron.
The study that was
conducted in Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda
calls on African governments to embark on availing the right
information to farmers to help them make economic returns.
Mercy Nyambura, Head
of Spectral Laboratory, University of Mahammed VI Polytechnic in
Morocco and one of the lead researchers, said governments must
start moving away from availing blanket fertilizers to offering
fertilizers help reduce risks incurred by farmers and increasing
good harvests,” she told journalists in Nairobi.
Nyambura said that
nutritional deficiencies are responsible for child
are important for plant, animal and human nutrition,” she noted.