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Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

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    • This is a great discussion indeed. It shows how nations and their people want to end hunger before massive population explosion in years to come.

      They are great questions raised but would like to tackle on the first one;

      qn1. Under what conditions can agriculture succeed in lifting people out of extreme poverty? Particularly those households with limited access to productive resources.

      To my views is that since most of the citizens are involved in Agriculture mostly in parts of Africa forexample in Tanzania where i live, statistics shows that, 68% of the Tanzania depend on agriculture as the source of income, then followed by Uganda with 65% and Kenya with 41%. Through this quick statistics it implies that if there is huge investment in agriculture in african countries it will lead to zero hunger in the world since most of the citizens are involved in Agriculture and reduce poverty at high rate.

      So through my research i found out that many don't succeed in Agriculture due to Poverty which is caused by other factors like Natural calamities/ Climate change because when these calamities strikes they remain poor. According to some findings from FAO is that, betwee 2003 to 2013 there have been 78 disasters of which affected 1.9 billion people in LDCs and caused more than $ 494 billions in damage. They further analysed 78 post-disaster needs assement in 48 LDCs and found out that 22% of the damages were absorbed by agriculture sector including crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries.

      Therefore the best solution to fight this tragedy is through "Introduction of Effective Crop Insurance to farmers" because when introduced it will lead to many benefits like;

      1. Stability in income,

      2. Awareness of the disasters and agricultural expertism from agriculturalist,

      3. Minimal debts

      4. Technology advancement due to colaboration with insurers who will be of great help to bring them good technology

      5. High quality yield production

      6. Peace of mind even when disasters strikes.

      Those are my few contributions so far.


      Thanks and have a great amazing Discussion for success.


      Agape Ishabakaki| Intern
      Sauti za Wananchi
      Twaweza East Africa

    • Dear Moderator,

      I take this opportunity to participate in the forum so as to make sure there is sustainability of capacity development initiative for us youth in agriculture sector. I will begin by answering raised questions according to my understanding and experiences from various research I participated in.

      1. What are the biggest challenges youth in Africa face after going through youth-specific capacity development initiatives in agriculture?

      Access to Markets- Most African countries especially Sub-Saharan countries experience market problem linkage. An issue of markets has discouraged many youth to participate in agriculture activities since efforts put are not worth to expected outcome sales. You can find that after youth have finished getting practices they are not attached to the specific organizations that demand output at the end of production. Or maybe they are promised to be connected to traders but when time arrives no traders seen.

      2. What post-capacity development support do the youth need? What can the youth do to support each other in developing their skills and capacities?

      - Connection to markets- There needs to be connection of youth with big markets to sell their outputs/produce.

      - Good prices- There should be good prices set so as to motivate more youth to be involved in agriculture.

      -Hear the voice of youth- The youth in agriculture sector should be heard explaining their setbacks so as to be solved leading to expansion of produce.

      I would like to stop here to let other share their views too. Would love to hear from others and understand more issues related to Agriculture since am very passionate with farming and looking forward to be among the candidate on capacity development initiatives next time.

      Thanks and looking forward to be part of the discussion.

      Agape Ishabakaki.



    • Hello member,

      Starting with apologies for late contribution.

      I take another opportunity to participate in this dialogue concerning linkages between food hawking and the growing of food in cities in order to stimulate sustainable diets and increased income.
      My opinion in this is that; the farmers who are involved in the production should cooperate by conducting some meetings with some representatives from the government plus educaters on the importance of these food. On that meeting they should discuss price of selling their products depending on their efforts, accessibility of markets, how to educate the customers on the product and others which benefit the producer on income side and consumers.
      From these suggestions I hope when the procedures are followed benefits to both sides will be obtained.

      Best regards,
      Young farmer and Research Analysist,
      Agape Ishabakaki.

    • Hi members, 
      A graduate Economist from University of Dar es Salaam interested in Agriculture activities.
      This topic has caught my eye because once I practiced Horticulture products especially Chinese and Sp Amaranthus commonly known as "Mchicha" in Tanzania.
      I carried out a research in Bukoba town. It was very inspiring due the output that came out.
      It took me a few days to prepare the products.
      For sure these crops are very liked for health purposes to everyone.
      I here attach my project that explains everything.
      Best regards,
      Agape Ishabakaki.