The effort to find global solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be urgent in 2018 than it has never been. Given the rapid growth of world population and the shrinking economic fortunes,unsustainable food production coupled with unstable political environment in most developing countries, call for change of habits and strategies in seeking solution to persistent social problems the world faces today is mandatory. The challenges we face have been created and build over time; in deed the world reluctance to solve them accelerated their compound interest, these social evils as Daniel Goleman calls them in his book Focus can be solved but again as Albert Einstein opines “ We cannot solve our current problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Hence we need new thinking.
This new thinking in my opinion, just like many other thinkers have indicated lies in embracing Circular... Read more
Circular Economy is a significant step towards achieving Zero hunger goal, creating employment and solving climate change challenges. In deed starting with Agriculture would help us increase the probability of averting major crisis of food insecurity by over 50%.
During the 2017 Agriprofocus network day held at Safari Park hotel I served as an assistant facilitator in some of the sessions. In one of the questions and answers sessions a question was raised by a delegate that required someone from the government to respond, unfortunately we had none. Reading through David J. Garrow’s book The Rising Star - The making of Barack Obama, The Former US president is quoted in his formative years saying “people expect politicians to express some long term interest of theirs and not just appeal to common denominators.” My experience working with legislators in the parliament of Kenya coupled with the experience I had during the 2017 network day compels me to give my opinion of what we need to do in 2018 as we continue building a foundation towards food security.
For over four years in the 11th Parliament I served as a Personal Assistant to a Member of Parliament in the Kenya Nation... Read more
Towards the end of 2017 I was initiated into Agriprofocus family as a volunteer in communication department in Kenya. My short stint at the organization opened floodgates of insight and understanding of Agriculture issues. My hunger towards understanding what ails agriculture and how that can be solve is now insatiable. In fact, I am persuaded that Agriprofocus Network is among the few leading minds in advancing appropriate Knowledge and skills in the agricultural sector.
However, we have a long way to go in achieving Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger . An opinion today 04/01/2018 by Bitange Ndemo in Business daily in Kenya indicated that over 15 million people in three countries Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are facing dangerous food shortage due to prolonged drought that affected the said countries in 2017.
Because of the prevailing circumstances, and future prediction of food insecurity due to rapidly... Read more
Agriculture is 95% Science and 5% work : Let us put emphasis on the Research and Communication
It is said that innovation happen when a correct mix of ideas occur and I think this is what we need to do as we plan and devise better ways of feeding world population that is rapidly growing. I am fascinated by history, after interacting with some Dutch people and seeing their almost obsession with agriculture; I am not surprised that in 1800s a Dutch had established a farm in Chicago in the United States. We need to leverage on their experience for scientific experimentation and observation to find ways of making Agricultural production efficient and effective in Africa.
Following the revelation by Shimon Peres of Israeli that agriculture is ninety five percent science and five percent work, it then means that majority of us should be involved in planning and researching. Brian Tracy in his audio recording titled Miracle of Discipline, he states that every minute spent plann... Read more
My one month working as a volunteer at Agriprofocus Kenya enjoined me to a community with a clear magnanimous vision of Linking ,learning and leading in matters Agriculture. With my new born enthusiasm in matters Food Security as a mean to an end of achieving my vision of Restoring Dignity of African People; I am compelled to share with the world what I think we need to do for us to attain the sustainable Development Goal 2 – Ending all forms of Hunger.
There is no doubt as to what extent the world's apprehension of the impending danger of food insecurity in the coming days is . In fact, in his inaugural speech for the second term as President of Kenya Mr. Kenyatta indicated clearly that his government would target creation of over 1000 small and Medium scale enterprises in Agro-processing.
But what would be required for this to be achieved? To me it would take the initiative of well meaning individuals and Organizations to lead... Read more
"Your network determines your net worth". This statement should be the guiding mantra for agriculture enthusiasts who seek to ensure Zero hunger Sustainable Development Goal is achieved. If we are to achieve food security in Africa it then behooves us to employ every tactic and techniques to make sure better knowledge and skills reach those who matter – small scale farmers!
During the AgriProFocus Network day held in Safari Park on the 15th of November, several things stood out for me and this I think if diffused to the lowest ranks we would experience exponential growth in agricultural sector in the world. Below are some of the issues:
Given the role I was playing I had an opportunity to interact with majority of delegates. What was clear from my interaction is the passion with which people shared what they are doing in their small ways to improve both their lives and that of their clients was invigo... Read more
Agriculture has become a common song sang from the villages to cities, from village baraza (Meetings) to super high level Meetings in United Nation forums. The attention given to the subject calls for all stakeholders to thoroughly scrutinize how agriculture would positively or negatively affect their lives.
It is evident that agriculture has captured attention of the world because of its double edged potential to either destroy or prosper the world. That if the world is not keen to increase and sustain agricultural productivity, we run a risk of facing severe Food Insecurity given that world population is increasing exponentially and that by 2050 we would click 9 billion people. Fortunately, if we manage to create sustainable and inclusive agriculture, the holy fear of food insecurity that freeze hearts of many every time that imagination appear in mind would disappear into thin air.
Agriculture has a ve... Read more
In this session, delegates would have an opportunity to learn of available successful models that can be replicated. In essence we would want to see delegates creativity and imagination stretched to see possibilities of opportunities in their fields on climate Smart Agriculture.
After the Session we would want delegates :
Ø To build resilient and capacity for agricultural and food systems in order to adapt and adopt to climate change
Ø To understand how to reduce greenhouse gases in order to meet national food security and global Sustainable development goals
Knowing the weight and significance of youth involvement in Agriculture and previous low uptake of Agribusiness projects; this session is programmed in a manner that would promote agribusiness investment, networking... Read more
In a few days to come, over 400 delegates, investors, academicians and agriculture experts would convene at safari park Hotel Nairobi to explore Climate Smart Agriculture and how it would affect Global food security. Such events are critical now than ever because the impending food crisis requires urgent sustainable interventions from all stakeholders.
Of importance to note should be the significance of events like this Network day, given that there is no man knows enough about any worth while subject to entitle them to feel that they have the last word on that subject; there is need for people to come together through strategic partnership and collaboration to put their efforts in seeking solutions.
The network day will boost the concept of Mastermind phenomenon especially in Agribusiness. This concept was advanced by Napoleon Hill in his book the Laws of Success, in the book he opi... Read more
The world population is estimated to be over 9 billion by 2050 with the greatest challenge being food insecurity. With this encroaching danger, efforts by global bodies led by the United Nations to solve the problem have been enhanced. However, I am afraid the effort is not bearing fruits as expected.
Of importance to me is the role of youth in establishing sustainable and resilient agricultural projects. Resilience happens when we are able to put a human face to development interventions- FAO. According to Africa Agenda 2063, Youth and women have been given a prominent role in establishing and sustaining economies in Africa through agriculture. This has also been echoed by the United Nation.
Although there exist new valuable knowledge, technology and skills to help in enhancing productivity in agriculture; either adoption rate has been slow or communication of information has failed.
While attending a con... Read more
I have read through a report prepared after SNV’s Smart water for Agriculture (SWA) learning event that took place on 18 September 2017 in Nairobi Kenya; it is clear new technologies in water harvesting, storage, and usage would lead to transformation of lives. This new knowledge and technologies if embraced would lead to eradication of poverty and ensure food security.
In the report one thing is evident – change of tact in SWA programs is necessary if we have to achieve SDGs No. 1,2 &13 . According to National irrigation Board (NIB) in Kenya, The government is re-looking into policies that have existed on irrigation, which have not borne fruits with intention of instituting changes. In fact the government is now seeking to empower and encourage private sector as strategic partners to take a bigger role in spearheading smart Water Agriculture technologies and practices.
Given that Agriculture is a devolved function in Ken... Read more
It is clear through available statistics that by 2050 the world population would be over 9 billion and the biggest challenge would be food insecurity. The premonition, if we don’t act on the looming food crisis, many people are going to die of hunger. From human point of view and indeed Africa tradition, dying of hunger is not only painful but also shameful. It is imperative then for everyone to commit to work in order to avert the pain and shame of the encroaching calamity.
The urgency of the solutions to this peculiar problem of food insecurity especially in Africa cannot be underrated. From several researches, it is clear that the Africa continent has latent pote... Read more