Farming to banish famine

A programme launched by Osun State Government, Nigeria, has its focus on granting assistance in finance, materials and equipment to individual farmers and farmers’ cooperative societies with a view to boosting their scope of operation, productivity and ensuring abundance in food production and raw materials for existing and emerging industries. The Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Programme (OREAP) has distinguished itself already by winning widespread acceptance by the people who view it as a step in the right direction. Read more here.
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SA slow to act on African agricultural initiative

South Africa’s Interministerial Team is under pressure to start implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) , which wants the endorsement of the country with the most advanced agricultural production and value chain on the continent. There is a proposal to establish a road map to fast-track CAADP implementation, and bolster agricultural policy implementation within the CAADP framework, which is vital to reduce hunger and poverty on the continent. Read more here.
Hopewell Radebe, Businessday

Harnessing agriculture for national development

In every democratic government, the legislature is indispensable for the development process . It further serves as a bulwark of the other two arms of the government while checkmating their activities. To contribute to the effective parliamentary support system in Nigeria, the African Leadership Forum (ALF) a not-for-profit organization with a quest for effective leadership, initiated the Parliamentary Support Programme (PSP). Agriculture being a major contributor to the Nigerian economy has over the years been affected adversely by poorly fashioned, ill-advised policies and development schemes which has practically resulted in a no-result rural development in the country. Read more here.
Timilehin Odunde

Diversification of regional economy defended

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has appealed to its member states to do more to diversify their economies, emphasising agriculture as a means for improving food-producing capacity. It said the focus on agriculture should go together with the development of an internal transport network linking agriculture production zones and consumer markets. Each country should consider agriculture as an important sustainable source for their economies. Read more here.
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Idasa responds to Land Bank announcement

The Public Expenditure and Smallholder Agriculture Project in African democracy institute, Idasa, has welcomed the Land Bank’s commitment to spend 1 billion rands on emerging farmers in the next two years as a move to unlock the long-term potential growth of agriculture as one of the pillars of South Africa’s economic development. Please read attached press release for more information. Read more here.

Keeping secrets is not the way to make friends

South Africa’s proposed Protection of Information Bill, now back with the adhoc parliamentary committee for redrafting, is chillingly similar to Zimbabwe’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, warns Maddy Halyard of Idasa’s States in Transition Observatory (SITO). It could turn everyday citizens who posses protected intelligence, even unknowingly, into common criminals, while exempting intelligence agencies such as the NIA and the police force from public scrutiny. Read more here and comment below.

South Sudan’s vast agricultural sector potential untapped

The agricultural sector in the independent South Sudan has more potential than the much fancied oil, gas and minerals. However, agriculture has not received the deserved attention from both locals and foreign investors compared to the other three. Compared to Kenya where only a third of the land is arable, Southern Sudan has 80 % arable land. The South Sudan Minister for Agriculture, Dr Itto, believes that priorities will change to give more focus to agriculture. In the last six years of interim period, lack of feeding roads to rural areas, storage system and other infrastructure, in addition to climate change, are the key factors that have worked against agriculture. Read more here.
Business Daily