Currently, almost one in seven people cannot enjoy the basic right to food. The challenges of ensuring food security are daunting, and climate change will only make them even more difficult to overcome. Agriculture is a key sector both from the point of view of its contributions to climate change and the impacts that it afflicts. Agricultural activities, including the indirect impacts of land use change and deforestation, account for a third of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At the same time, the agricultural sector is particularly affected by climate change, and adaptation will certainly be necessary to face climate-related challenges, such as desertification, land degradation, drought, floods and the shortage of water. In addition, agriculture is the primary source of income for most of the world’s poor, 75% of whom are small producers. These people are the most vulnerable; not only do they produce most of the world’s food using low-emission practices, but they also have the weakest capacities to cope with climate change.
Africa has a wide variety of agro-ecological zones, ranging from rainforests marked by two rainy seasons to relatively sparse, dry and arid vegetation, watered once a year. While this diversity is a huge asset, it still represents a great challenge for Africa’s agricultural development.
The MSA has an Agricultural project for Africa that will be designed to help traditional and small scale farmers to overcome all these challenges, assist them from beginning to end and convert them into agribusiness men.
Agriculture in Africa has enormous potential, not only to feed the continent and eliminate hunger and food insecurity, but certainly to be a major player in the global food markets. Its potential lies in the huge arable land 60% of the World’s, the accessibility to water and the oceans, as well as the large and young workforce. Agriculture is the key to economic transformation of the continent and agricultural growth can reduce/eliminate hunger, improve nutrition, be a transformative tool for poverty reduction, reverse the Green House Gas (GHG) Emission impact and contribute in making a better World.
The greater impact here is the change this will bring making people’s lives better by providing greatly needed things and services to highly unfortunate communities and doing it in a very affordable, accessible and sustainable manner.