NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of UN
on Monday called on African governments to reduce importation of
food to the continent by implementing food sufficiency measures.
Tito Arunga, FAO
Kenya Agribusiness Officer, said the continent has the potential
of producing enough food once efforts aimed at improving income
earning opportunities are given emphasis.
“We need to ensure
that our food system become efficient, resilient and inclusive
in order to produce food in excess for domestic consumption,”
Arunga said during a public private partnerships agribusiness
meeting for Africa in Nairobi.
He noted that
besides Zambia that has sufficient food after putting measures
that has led to bumper harvest and developed measures against
post harvest losses, the remaining countries rely on food
imports from outside the continent.
Arunga noted that
the increasing youthful population in the continent calls for
the adoption of farming techniques that survives climate change.
“There is need to
include women and youths by supporting their endeavors in
embracing agriculture so as to replace the aging population of
farmers in the continent,” he added.
He called on
governments to address the root causes of internal and
trans-boundary migration that he noted currently threatens food
security as the youths that form 60 percent of population in the
continent continue to migrate in search of alternative source of
living in disregard of agriculture.
According to Janet
Edeme, African Union Commission (AUC) Head of Division, Rural
Economy, the commission has began holding a series of
stakeholder meetings to discuss how to better involve the
private sector in the implementation of Comprehensive Africa
Agriculture Development Program (CAADP).
Edeme said there is
need to support private sector investment to complement public
sector efforts in addressing the investment gaps in the
“It has become clear
that AU member states alone are unable to implement their
National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs) as the capital
investments needed and the technical skills required to drive
and transform the agriculture sectors in their countries would
require private sector capital and expertise,” she noted.
The AUC official
observed that the pan African body is working with member states
in reviewing and developing appropriate policies and programs
that are aimed at helping leverage public sector incentives that
catalyze private sector investments with emphasis on women and
“We are continuing
in mobilizing and strengthening of the organizational capacity
of African Domestic Private Sector Apex Bodies engaged in
agribusiness,” she added.
FAO Agro-Industry and Infrastructure Officer, noted that the
public private partnerships for agribusiness development
initiatives have the potential to help transform the
production-oriented agricultural sector of African countries
towards a more market-oriented and modernized agri-food sector.
“This approach could
improve farmer-market linkages and employment creation in rural
areas and cities,” Gallatova added.
The meeting follows
an analysis that was conducted by FAO and AUC of 24 agri-public
private partnerships case studies from eight African
countries—Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire,
Zambia and South Africa.
The findings are
aimed at informing policy-makers to design and implement
effective agri-public private partnerships in the continent.