News / Africa

Africa Fails to Increase Agriculture Budgets, says Report

A woman works in the field of Loi Bangoti's farm on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 in Ngiresi near the Tanzanian town of Arusha.  Millions of farmers around the world will be affected by a growing movement to change one of the biggest forces shaping the complexA woman works in the field of Loi Bangoti's farm on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 in Ngiresi near the Tanzanian town of Arusha. Millions of farmers around the world will be affected by a growing movement to change one of the biggest forces shaping the complex
x
A woman works in the field of Loi Bangoti's farm on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 in Ngiresi near the Tanzanian town of Arusha.  Millions of farmers around the world will be affected by a growing movement to change one of the biggest forces shaping the complex
A woman works in the field of Loi Bangoti's farm on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 in Ngiresi near the Tanzanian town of Arusha. Millions of farmers around the world will be affected by a growing movement to change one of the biggest forces shaping the complex

Multimedia

Audio
Kim Lewis
Most African countries continue to face growing threats of hunger because they have not fulfilled their 2003 pledge to increase support for small-holder farmers, especially for women who do much of the farming on the continent. 

In a report this month, the international aid agency ActionAid, warned African governments, that unless they provide more money for agriculture and make sure it goes to smallholder farmers, hunger will continue to increase across the continent. 

The report “Walking the Talk,” highlights the failure of African countries in keeping their promise made ten years ago, under the 2003 Maputo Declaration, to devote ten percent of their national budgets to agriculture.  And going forward they point out that while African governments have designated 2014 as the “Year of Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security,” the true meaning of the phrase will remain empty unless they provide more money for agriculture.

“Ten years down the line, it is amazing to see that not more than about nine countries have been able to meet that declaration in terms of implementing those targets that were set, because the governments in Maputo said they would invest ten percent and anticipate that there would be six percent annual growth within the agricultural sector,” explained David Adama, coordinator of finance for agriculture for ActionAid in Abuja. 

After examining the extent of government spending on agriculture in seven African countries, ActionAid found that for example, in  Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, and Zambia, it was found that none of these countries consistently met the ten percent spending target.

Unfortunately Adama said that countries are saying there are too many competing interests, such as military spending, for example.

Failure to meet those pledges impacts the small-holder farmers productivity significantly, said the ActionAid coordinator, who referenced a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, on the potential of women farmers.

“This clearly points out that if women are given equal access to land, seeds, as their male counterparts, we can reduce hunger in the world by 140-million people, which is about 17% of people who are living hungry,” he explained.  

Adama emphasized that the government needs to reprioritize public investment  and focus on agriculture that benefits small-holder farmers.

In the same vain, small-holder farmers need to cooperate, with the help of civil society organizations, and farmer organizations, with the government.  This involves becoming engaged in the policy making process, and making sure the government recognizes the need to include them in their budgeting and decision-making processes.

Adama said if small-holder farmers are engaged at this level, then even with the little money they are receiving from the government, their needs can still be met.

You May Like

For Lebanon-based Refugees, Desperation Fuels Perilous Passage

In a war that has caused an estimated three million people to flee Syria, efforts to make perilous sea journey in search of asylum expected to increase More

South African Brewer Tackles Climate Change

Mega-brewer SAB Miller sent delegates to climate summit in Peru, says it is one of many private companies taking their own steps to fight climate change More

Indonesia Reports Increase in Citizens Joining Islamic State

Officials say more than 350 of its citizens are now in Syria or Iraq to fight with Islamic State - 50 more than last month More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?i
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
December 17, 2014 11:54 AM
The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?

The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video Turkey's Authoritarianism Dismays Western Allies

The Turkish government has been defiant in the face of criticism at home and abroad for its raids targeting opposition media. The European Union on Monday expressed dismay after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing his government's action. Turkey's bid to be considered for EU membership has been on hold while critics accuse the NATO ally of increasingly authoritarian rule. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video US-China Year in Review: Hong Kong to Climate Change

The United States is pushing for a code of conduct to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea as it works to improve commercial ties with Beijing. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on a year of U.S. policy toward China from Hong Kong to climate change.
Video

Video Japanese Leader’s Election Win Raises Potential for Conflict with Neighbors

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in parliament Sunday, even though the country has slipped into recession under his conservative policies. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul, that the prime minister’s victory will empower him to continue economic reforms but also pursue a nationalist agenda that will likely increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors.
Video

Video Nuba Mountain Families Hide in Caves to Escape Aerial Bombings

Despite ongoing peace talks between Sudan's government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, daily aerial attacks continue in South Kordofan province’s Nuba Mountains. Adam Bailes was there and reports for VOA that government forces are targeting civilian areas, rather than military positions, with their daily bombardments.

All About America

AppleAndroid