THE Regional Director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr Issoufou Abdourhamane, on Saturday said that the numerous challenges facing Africa’s agriculture could be effectively tackled with the deployment of appropriate technologies.
He said with the deployment of appropriate technologies, the creation of conducive environments and translation of political will into action, Africa will be able to comfortably feed its self and overcome all the challenges brought about by hunger.
He listed the food and nutritional challenges facing Africa to include threats by contaminants such as aflatoxins, chemical contaminants, microbiological hazards, adulteration and pesticide residues.
“Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the most nutritionally insecure people in the world. According to WHO, approximately 9.8 million children in Africa were underweight, representing a 48% growth since the turn of the century,” he added. Read more …