Debunking Myths Around Farming in Africa

Foundation for Young Farmers

New technologies and ideas – from mobile phone information systems to new crop varieties – are rapidly transforming agriculture across Africa.

Yet the sector continues to be stereotyped as one synonymous with poverty and subsistence.

Simply put, people don’t believe it will pay a proper wage, let alone their children’s school fees or health bills. Farming is seen as a dead-end job, something of no interest to aspiring youth.

Following the theme of this year’s annual letter by Bill and Melinda Gates, I would like to debunk the myth that Africa’s farmers will always be poor.

In fact, there are huge opportunities for farmers. Yields of staple crops have steadily increased over the past decade and there is potential for them to increase by two or even three times more.

This would have a tremendous impact on farmers, their families, communities and economies. Research from around the world shows that…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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1 Response to Debunking Myths Around Farming in Africa

  1. Many of the myths surrounding African farming are being perpetuated by those with the most to gain from the existence of these myths. Corporations seeking to monopolize the potential of African agriculture make sure that their GMO and Pesticide agenda is promoted as the only way for African Farmers to succeed. The less attractive, time proven reality of organic self replenishing seed and manual labor, leaves far less room for the myth spinners to make huge profits and executive bonuses. Although it has worked all through human history, It’s not the way they do business. It’s not like they are in the agri-business to make friends and feed people. The truth is that the Creator has already provided Africa with everything it needs to feed itself and the world. 1BLOOD International is an NGO that has proven the success of it’s non GMO, manual labor means of rice production for over 10 years in the conflict regions of West Africa. If you are ready to examine over 10 years of documented success you can check it out on YouTube.


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