Crucial role of private sector for smallholder farmers in Africa.

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Engaging key stakeholders to tackle agricultural issues

“In managing MLN (Maize Lethal Necrosis) sustainably, research scientists, academic institutions, the private sector, the civil society and smallholder farmers must all come together and jointly discuss the most effective solutions and then implement them in an organised manner.” by Gilbert Nakweya and Sam Otieno

Engaging stakeholders to help address Africa’s agricultural development challenges through smart and well-coordinated partnerships remains a major concern for researchers and policymakers.

We were, therefore, not surprised when this concern emerged again during a workshop held in Kenya this month (11-14 May) on Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) Disease Diagnostics and Management in Africa, where experts highlighted the crucial role that the private sector could play in tackling the challenges facing smallholder farmers in Africa.

At the workshop, we learned that MLN poses a major threat to achievingfood security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers noted that MLN has made negative impact in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, with the potential to spread if not urgently managed.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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