With over 60 000 babies being born per day and a whopping 1.1 billion people already in its ranks, Africa’s population is growing faster, but the quantity of food to feed all these folks seems to be decreasing also faster, worrying analysts who are now calling for desperate measures in these desperate times.
Experts decry the continent’s agricultural ‘pitiful’ production and wonder why with almost 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, sizeable water reserves and a youthful population, millions of people in the ‘dark continent’ still go hungry to bed with an empty stomach.
Experts urge the continent to sustainably increase its agricultural production for small-scale as well as commercial farmers in order to be food secure in the future.
These issues form part of the long-hour TV episode due to be discussed on Tuesday 20 August 2013 at 2pm Central African Time on CNBC Africa,
The programme is part of the station’s quarterly feature show titled the ‘DuPont Collaboration Series’.
The second episode of the programme will discuss farmer’s lack of access to technology from Open Pollinated Varieties (OPV) to hybrids and biotechnology to skills development, the station said in a statement.
As a result of this, the statement added, farmers, more specifically smallholders, miss out on opportunities to improve household and national food security.
The show will be moderated by CNBC Africa anchor Samanth Loring.
The panellists are expected to discuss the role of the private sector, regulators and non-governmental organisations in making critical new technologies available to farmers of all sizes and backgrounds.
The show’s panellists include:
Paul Schickler, president, DuPont Pioneer
Lindie Stroebel, manager for economic intelligence, Agribusiness Chamber, South Africa
Dr Norman Maiwashe, programme manager, Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
Larry Umunna, Nigeria country manager, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).
Tune on DStv channel 410, and tweet About it: don’t miss the @DuPontAfrica #CollaborationSeries tomorrow, 20 August, 2pm CAT on @DStv #channel410 @cnbcafrica
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