The head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Dr. Augustin Wambo Yamdjeu has said that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has the capacity to feed Africa, reports NaijaAgroNet.
He made this known to NaijaAgroNet at the on-going week-long inaugural meeting of Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment at the African Union headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
According to him, although Southern Africa boasts massive arable land water resources suitable for large scale crop and livestock production with great potential for fish farming region, the continent’s food basket region remains underutilized due to low value addition along the agricultural value chain.
This, he also said include the adequate provision for storage of produce, which incidentally is not limited to the region, but has remain work in progress across the continent.
Presently, NaijaAgroNet gathered, over 6 million people across Angola, Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe are at risk of severe food shortages because of unresolved cycle of drought and flooding, just as aid agencies noted the crisis remain largely unnoticed.
To this effect, Dr. Yamdjeu said, the SADC region should work towards enhancing and developing agriculture to transform the region's economy so as to address rising poverty and growing inequality.Yamdjeu equally said that natural resources are national assets that should be explored for the benefits of all citizens, even as he lamented the economic disparity which has become a global setback.
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Pix: Head, Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Dr. Augustin Wambo Yamdjeu