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Farmer's Weekly
7 October 2011


Ineffective policies stunt agricultural growth
Africa is well positioned to help relieve global food shortages considering the 100 million hectares of land under cultivation. However, ineffective agricultural policies hamper the sector’s growth, according to numerous speakers at the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN’s) food security policy dialogue in Swaziland. Cecilia Khupe, senior regional agriculture programme manager for the United States Agency for International Development, said that excessive policies hamper trade.

Africa must get youth involved in agriculture
Speaking at this year’s Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN’s) food security policy dialogue in Swaziland, that country’s acting prime minister, Macford Sibandze, said that the success of agriculture depends on continuity and the transfer of knowledge to the youth.

Lack of goverment commitment responsible for food insecurity
Climate change and a lack of government commitment to agriculture has increased food insecurity of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. The region is now more undernourished than ever before, according to Dr Lindiwe Sibanda, CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).

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