June 5, 2018 | Food security

Agriculture plays a vital role in  Africa’s  economy and it is a  source of employment for the youth. To achieve“Zero hunger in Africa”, efforts towards improving agricultural production and poverty eradication in  Africa encompass training as the most fundamental tool to achieving agricultural development. Agricultural training has the potential to address a myriad of problems facing small-scale farmers in  Africa,  which include the threat to climate change, a breakout of diseases and pests.  

Due to changing environments and the need for improved productivity, farmers training can help in building their capacity to know how to address farming challenges and boost production. Traditional methods of farming are still widely applied by most African farmers, training can, therefore, help them exploit new methods of farming, farming practices that are in line with climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

Farmers would also benefit from basic training on sustainable land and water management thus boosting environmental conservation. In order to catch up with the rapidly evolving technology and changing environments, continuous training is ideal for Africa’s farmers as this would constantly improve their agricultural skills and farm operations while encouraging them to adopt profitable farm practices.

In terms of environmentally friendly methods of farming, training helps farmers mitigate environmental harm, food contamination, chemical use and at the same time increase profit margin. Africa continues to bear the brunt of adverse impacts of climate change translating to dire consequences to African farmers. Training enables farmers to learn new skills that will, in turn,  enable them to avoid risks associated with a change in climate. With proper training, farmers can adopt new breeds that give them high yields.

Financing agricultural growth in  Africa has been a  key area of focus for donors, government agencies and the private sector. World  Bank estimates that in 2016, $2.9 billion was donated towards improving agricultural productivity through training and preparing small-scale farmers for sustainable agriculture.

Agricultural training in  Africa aims to improve food security and agricultural productivity through the dissemination of improved technologies and building farmers’ capacity, human resources capacity, and prepare African farmers for sustainable  Agricultural development.

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