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Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda responds to questions on food security and agricultural sector in Africa
13 May 2014 - 13 May 2014


Investing in Africa: The challenge of agriculture

If properly nurtured, Africa's agricultural sector holds the key for the continent’s development. Experts at Friends of Europe's Development Policy Forum dinner debate, held in Brussels on the eve of the 2014 EU-Africa Summit, noted that, though it remains essential to financing development, official development assistance will be insufficient in generating the needed changes to the agricultural sector.

"African and international partners in the private sector must be mobilised. We need all actors to get their act together to shift from a donor mentality to an investment mentality and change our agricultural sector," stressed Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

"Greater coordination between donor agencies and private sector organisations should focus on the needs of African farmers, in particular smallholder farmers," said Andris Piebalgs, European Union Commissioner for Development.

The most urgent challenge areas include arranging better access to technology, markets, and infrastructure for smallholdings, as well as focussing on developing vocational education, skills, and attracting young Africans to the agricultural sector.

Investing in Africa: The challenge of agriculture

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