The EAC must harness commercial agriculture to address food security, a lobby group asserts

The EAC must harness commercial agriculture to address food security, a lobby group asserts

NAIROBI, Kenya – The East African Business Council (EABC) has called on the heads of state within the East Africa Community region to embrace commercial agriculture to address the food insecurity facing the region.

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According to John Kalisa, EABC Chief Executive Officer, the agricultural sector saved the EAC from recession during the height of Covid-19.

Mr Kalisa was addressing the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP) forum in a virtual meeting held on Wednesday.

He further added that the sector has not attracted much investment to match its crucial role in the region’s economy.

The EAC countries were also called upon to ensure that their agricultural development programs were consistent with the CAADP principles.

Mr. Kalisa “EAC partner states should improve investment financing in agriculture “to increase food production, supply and trade.”

Mr. Darbe Nouala, a senior official of the African Union (AU), called on EAC partner states to invest more in climate resilience.

While Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Chairperson of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), appealed to the EAC bloc to increase intercontinental investment and mutual responsibility.

Jean-Baptiste Havugimana, the EAC Secretariat’s Director of Productive Services, disclosed that the EAC was engaged in agricultural transformation facilities.

However, he told the meeting that there were still some challenges that have hindered efforts to maintain stable food production systems.

The agricultural experts In some places, production is still struggling to meet rising local and export demand or to compete effectively in a global market.

Partner states were also urged to review their agricultural development strategies to attract more investment.

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