The Executive Director of FARA, Dr Yemi Akinbamijo has called for a change in the way Africa does business in agriculture to maximize the benefits of the industry to the continent and its people.
“We have to change the way we do business. Agriculture is beyond the farm gate and selling the raw produce which constitutes only 10% of business in agriculture. The profit in agriculture is in the value chain”, Dr Akinbamijo said.
In an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the 7TH African Agricultural Science Week and the FARA General Assembly in Kigali Rwanda, Dr Akinbamijo said solving African food security challenges is not just the question of technologies but a combination of factors including biological, social, infrastructure and markets.
African countries must find a common ground where they can partner each other and ensure that the political principals required to ensure food security on the continent are not compromised to weaken efforts to achieve goals set.
Dr. Akinbamijo indicated that “FARA remains committed to our unique role to galvanize all from Cairo to Cape Town, bringing all key players together as we are doing at the 7th African Agricultural Science Week to set ourselves a challenge and agree on goals over the next three years and how we intend to achieve those goals”, adding that “this is the essence of the science week”.
He said FARA will have a business session after the science week to discuss issues of governance.
“We must understand that the basic principle is that we must keep Africa food-secure and we have to evolve our own means and capacity to achieve this” Dr. Akinbamijo stressed.