Africa urged to boost agriculture with public-private partnership

A meeting of stakeholders in Africa's agriculture sector has recommended that public-private sector partnerships were vital to boost agricultural production on the continent, a communique released to the media on Monday said.


The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) held in Lusaka, the Zambian capital from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 resolved that governments needed to work together to ensure that farmers have access to technological packages, including quality seed and fertilizer, as well as lime to restore Africa’s depleted soils.

According to the communique, Africa’s agriculture requires efficient infrastructure, technology and mechanization being key drivers in agri-business competitiveness and modern farming and that this could only be achieved through public-private partnerships.

Public-private partnerships will result in the achievement of greater investments in the agricultural infrastructure and make available affordable technologies and machinery along the whole value chain, it added.
The stakeholders also identified and committed themselves to resolving challenges of finance, input and agriculture infrastructure for smallholder farmers on the continent as well as include youth in the sector.

The meeting also identified women as the backbone of rural agriculture and that their role needed to be supported and that financial institutions should create products tailored to women while public and private institutions should enhance extension services.

The meeting also resolved that more investments and policies should be directed at incubating and developing local agro-processing facilities and agribusinesses run by youths and women. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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