Advancing African Agriculture needs sound policies and effective partnerships

Brussels Development Briefings

Speaking at the second Brussels Development Briefing on 17 October, Sir John Kaputin, Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat helped to set the stage, contextualising the initiative and the role of agriculture in ACP countries.

Reminding participants of the importance of agriculture for ACP countries, Sir Kaputin stressed that in Africa 80% of population still lives in rural areas and bases its income on small scale farming. These communities confronted with new challenges, such as climate change and a liberalised and competitive market environment, which lower productivity and heavily impact on the lives of people.

Looking at this picture, and pointing out that agriculture clearly is the way out of poverty in most countries, Sir Kaputin called for “sound policies” to support agricultural development at local, national, and regional levels.

The Communication on “Advancing African Agriculture” goes in the right direction as it addresses exactly these elements…

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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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