Africa: Report says growing reliance on agribusinesses compromising food security & local farmers' resilience to climate change
Author: Bernadine Mutanu, The EastAfrican (Kenya), Published on: 22 June 2020
"Agroecology: Better farming model for Africa"
Only a fraction of agricultural research funding in Africa goes into transforming the food and farming systems, with most of it “still reinforcing damaging industrial models,” whereas agroecology is the better option...According to Money Flows, a report about funding in agricultural development, compiled by Biovision, IPES-Food and the UK-based Institute of Development Studies, agroecology is emerging as a viable pathway for building sustainable and resilient food systems. It has the potential to reconcile the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability...
“Most governments still favour ‘green revolution’ approaches, with the belief that chemical-intensive, large-scale industrial agriculture is the only way to produce sufficient food,” said Biovision president Hans Herren. These approaches “have failed ecosystems, farming communities, and an entire continent. With the compound challenges of climate change, pressure on land and water, food-induced health problems and pandemics such as Covid-19, we need change now, and this starts with money flowing into agroecology,” he added.
“We need to change funding flows and unequal power relations. It’s clear that in Africa as elsewhere, vested interests are propping up agricultural practices based on an obsession with technological fixes that is damaging soils and livelihoods and creating a dependency on the world’s biggest agri-businesses. Agroecology offers a way out of that vicious cycle,” said Olivia Yambi, co-chair of IPES-Food.