Climate-proofing Africa’s agriculture offers opportunities

Posted by , posted on Friday August 19 2016(12 months ago)

If Africa succeeded in building climate resilience into its agricultural sector, poverty could be dealt a major blow, argues Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi.

 

Africa can earn an extra US$ 20 billion annually from agriculture if it reforms handicapping trade policies and practices. Photo: AfricaGreenMedia.co.za

Africa can earn an extra US$ 20 billion annually from agriculture if it reforms handicapping trade policies and practices. Photo: AfricaGreenMedia.co.za

 

‘The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.’ These words, uttered by President Franklin Roosevelt decades ago, still resonate in today’s world. More so in Africa, where over 50% of the population live in extreme poverty and 60% of the youth are unemployed. The continent stands at a crossroad. While the number of destitute citizens is increasing, opportunities to pull more people out of poverty abound. Given the changing climate, however, the issue of how well Africa builds climate resilience into its most catalytic, economically productive sectors, in order to guarantee long-term sustainability, remains a key issue.

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