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Wednesday, 05 October 2016

Capacity4Food: Africa to use Agriculture as engine for economic growth

The National Coordinator of ‘Capacity4food’ Project, Alie Kamara has said that the African Continent has resolved to use Agriculture as an engine for economic growth and development.
He made this statement at the final conference of the Capacity4food project held at the Njala University Guest Conference Hall at Njala Campus, week. He recalled the statement made by a former president of America Roosevelt, saying a nation that destroys it soil destroys itself. The Lead facilitator from the University of Alicante in Spain, German Lopez said that three years have passed since the project began and they were now at the final conference and it has been hard work in all the teaching and research work involved in the project and that they were at the conference to also discuss the success of the project. The Regional Coordinator of the Capacity4food project, Professor Olanbanji Oyan spoke about the success of the project, saying before now farmers have relied solely on the use of inorganic fertilizer for maintaining and improving on soil productivity and they have heard about complaints that after some years the productivity will decrease. He said that there is a need to complement the fertilizer with organic materials and through the project they have been able to create awareness in the regional and national meetings with the farmers that there is a need to combine both the inorganic and organic materials to increase soil productivity and subsequently gets high yield for the farmers [...] The Capacity4food project is co-financed by the European Commission under the ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Higher Education, stressing on the relevance of integrated soil fertility to drive food security management in West Africa and Africa as a whole.

Source: awoko.org