Supporting Africa’s Smallholder Farmers Critical to Food Security

(part 1 in our series covering the CNBC Africa panel discussion on the importance of technology in improving food security in Africa)

Africa could emerge as a global breadbasket provided an enabling agricultural environment is fostered, said Paul E. Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer. Africa has vast untapped potential to boost its agricultural output if governments and other stakeholders on the continent capitalize on their nations’ natural resource endowments by training smallholder farmers on improved agricultural practices and technologies.

“Africa’s abundant resources are a great foundation on which to build a sustainable agricultural sector and if the correct policies are implemented there is every reason to believe that the future of food security on the continent is very bright,” said Schickler during a panel discussion that aired on CNBC Africa on August 20. “With vast tracts of arable land, excellent weather, a youthful population and some of the fastest growing economies in the world, the stars are aligned for an African agricultural revolution.”

Also participating on the panel were Lindie Stroebel, manager of economic intelligence at Agricultural Business Chamber, Dr. Norman Maiwashe, senior researcher at the Agricultural Research Council, and Larry Umanna, country manager, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

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