Southern African farmers are supporting global drives to ensure that agriculture meets the challenges of climate change in a quest to achieve zero hunger by 2030.
“Farmers’ organisations (FOs) play a critical role in ensuring that the complex and dynamic developments that lie ahead don’t leave smallholder farmers behind, so that they can manage the risks, and opportunities, that come with the future,” says Mr Ishmael Sunga, CEO of SACAU as the organisation marked Global World Food Day on October 16th under the banner “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that agricultural production (crops, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture) will have to increase by about 60% by 2050 to feed a growing global population.
In order to feed a growing global population in a changing climate the world must adopt to more resilient and sustainable forms of agricultural systems such as Climate smart agriculture (CSA) that can offer a strategic approach in transforming the future of agriculture and promote food security.
“The modernisation of African farmers’ organisations needs to include the use public-private partnerships, improvement of logistics, and the use of digital solutions for issues such as training, so that it becomes more accessible at a lesser cost,” explains Mr Sunga.
The negative effects of climate change are undermining food production and farmers’ productivity and sustainable agricultural practices are therefore essential to address these challenges.
“Climate change means it is no longer business as usual. We need fundamental change, a revolution in the way we farm in Africa”, says Dr Theo de Jager, the President of SACAU.