WATCH: President Mnangagwa urges continent to leverage on technology to transform food systems

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By ZBC Reporter

The President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on Africa to invest in agriculture including leveraging on technology and innovation in order to transform the continent’s food system.

Outlining the importance of investments in modern agriculture for increased productivity the President through the Zimbabwean government committed to supporting various continental and global efforts so as to end hunger.

He was speaking during the virtual High Level Dialogue on “Feeding Africa”:Leadership to Scale Up Successful Innovations .

Bringing the conversation closer to home, Cde Mnangagwa outlined the recently launched National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) which will enable the attainment of a middle-income economy by 2030.

My government launched the National Development Strategy 1 aimed at attaining a prosperous upper middle income economy by 2030.With regards to agriculture,the strategy aims to achieve food and nutrition security and accelerate value addition and beneficiation, he said.

Turning to the topical issue of man-made and natural disasters the President called for decisive and bold leadership skills in dealing with the economic threats.

Addressing the negative effects of climate change,natural disasters and the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our economies calls for bold and decisive leadership,

It is imperative that we ensure the existence of a well functioning agriculture knowledge,technology and innovation ecosystem anchored on requisite agronomic and animal husbandry practices,noted the President.

The various projects being undertaken by Zimbabwe’s government in the transformation of agriculture also came under the spotlight .

To this end my government has identified an array of key programmes and projects for the transformation of agriculture.These include the Pfumvudza concept,adoption of efficient water use technologies,promotion of nutritious grains as well as soil conditioning among others,

The Second Republic through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education introduced Education Model 5.0 which is aimed towards problem-solving and value creation.

The model according to the President has also played a pivotal role in the transformation of the agriculture sector in the country.

Through partnerships with innovation hubs and industrial parks housed within the country’s institutions of higher learning,the development of inventions and innovations is being scaled up.These are aimed at addressing the agriculture technology gaps,specifically among small holder and communal farmers,he said.

The discussion event co-hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and CGIAR, African leaders aims to shape an agenda of innovative food system solutions that ensures Africa’s food security and nutrition needs are at the centre of COVID-19 response and recovery and building resilience to the increasing threat of climate-related shocks.