Countries challenged on food security, output

By Imam Wali in Nairobi, Kenya:. The African Agricultural Technology Foundation has urged African countries to invest more in agricultural technologies in order to address chronic food and nutrition insecurities countries face. He was speaking in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday at the on-going African Conference on Agricultural Technologies under the theme‘…

By Imam Wali in Nairobi, Kenya:

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has urged African countries to invest more in agricultural technologies in order to address chronic food and nutrition insecurities countries face.

AATF Executive Director Canisius Kanangire said acute hunger has affected the implementation of meaningful development on the continent.

He was speaking in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday at the on-going African Conference on Agricultural Technologies (Acat) under the theme ‘Agricultural Resilience through Innovation’.

Kanangire urged African countries to embrace agricultural and other technologies to address chronic food and nutrition insecurities that continue affecting the continent.

He also encouraged African countries to take advantage of the growing African youth population—the youth bulge— to be a source of revitalising the African economy.

He said it is worrisome that the African continent is a leading importer of food, to the detriment of provision of quality healthcare and education despite having the largest arable land globally.

Kanangire said Acat presents Africa with another opportunity to rethink approaches in enhancing agricultural productivity.

The conference has attracted scientists, stakeholders, farmers and government officials from across the African continent.