By Prince Akpah To commemorate the UN International SME Day…
By Yakubu Jimoh John
Let me start my article by defining what Food means! Food is Love, without food, humans cannot survive, except the person is fasting for some specific time, you can’t perform properly during the absence of food, during fasting you are even restricted to certain things, for a period of time.
In the other way, when there’s food for the stomach, there can be much action from the person, without food, there is a problem. A proverb goes thus: “An hungry man is an angry man”.
Let us now relate it back to the subject of the matter which is “Food Insecurity in Africa” This is a ticking time bomb, which will blow one day, Africans must start realising that Africans must feed Africa and build Africa. Africa has high children malnutrition; it is expected to get to 30% by 2020.
Transforming African nations by creating food security and food abundance with the availability of our fertile land should be the main focus to help our nations. It is painful that so many African countries have lost focus. The price of food in some parts in Africa is 2 times prices of some place where they don’t have fertile land like us. Look a country like The Netherlands, with such young population being one of the top exporters of food in Africa. Africans rely on foreign aid for food, it is a thing of shame. We import food from Asia, Europe and other countries to feed ourselves. We are not tapping the goldmine we have, China was built by Chinese through technology and other modern techniques, Africa should also develop itself with what it has and knows about by creating role models in important fields. Educating an African child on the possibility he can achieve in his community or nation without going through the Mediterranean Sea, government collaboration and youth inclusion and granting of loans, grants and farming equipment to farmers.
We must showcase to the world what we are capable of, that we are able to feed ourselves and build up Our ourselves.
We have to take agriculture to next level in Africa.
Let us agree that in some part of Africa, the government is a big failure. I think we as a nation, seeking development and securing our food are some of the major things we should focus on.
Our Young Ones are going to join football academies, health colleges, entertainment industry and other fields. They see people who have succeeded in these sectors before and they are replicating their footprint in order for them to become successful people. They are sustaining and promoting the sectors they are directly involved in.
We must start producing the role models or stars in the agricultural sector. We need people who are in love with agriculture, people who studied it with passion and not because they did not have alternatives in colleges and universities to sustain the sector and advance it in Africa.