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A new institution for sustainable food systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Africa’s new institution to promote food security

“We must advance the science agenda, STI policy and extension, especially in the face of climate change.”Yemi Akinbamijo, – Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

 

by Gilbert Nakweya

Speed read

  • Land degradation affects 65 per cent of Africa’s land, and thus food security
  • A new assembly has been formed to aid ecosystem-based food security
  • Experts call for sustainable funding to help the assembly achieve its mandate

[NAIROBI] Agricultural experts and policymakers have formed a new institution to promote sustainable food systems in Sub-Saharan Africa to deal with the challenges posed by climate change.

The African Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) which aims to advocate for sustainable ecosystem-friendly agricultural systems was formed during the 2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference in Kenya on 30-31 July.

Africa loses about 6 million of productive land a year through deforestation, with almost 65 per cent of the continent’s land being under pressure from land degradation, the conference heard.
The EBAFOSA will work towards achieving food security, ecological productivity, job creation, poverty reduction, value addition and sustainable industrial development in Africa.

Yemi Akinbamijo, the executive director of the Ghana-headquartered Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, reiterated the role of science in the re-imaging of food security in Africa.
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Willem Van Cotthem

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