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Climate change impact on African farmers remains an issue

The impacts of climate change, resulting into global food security concerns must be part of the agenda at the 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF)  annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, says the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA, said African farmers are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, resulting into most of them failing to produce enough food for themselves.

“It is an important conversation to be had in Davos, because African farmers have little to do with the creation of the climate challenges they face, but have to contend with outsized impacts,” Kalibata said.

“It is important for the global forum to address the issue from the root causes and how to work together to prevent it and support nations where the problem is most important,” she added.

The annual meeting takes place from 23 to 26 January and the theme is Creating a shared future in a fractured world.

Click here to read the meeting’s overview.

Kalibata said building on partnerships and attracting investment into sustainable agriculture will help to alleviate global food security concerns, help to address youth unemployment on the continent and improve economic opportunities.

She said while Africa’s food market will be worth more than US$1 trillion by 2030, political leaders need to create a better environment for the private sector to be willing to invest.

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