Technology will be the key to unlock the opportunities that agriculture offers our continent, especially given the challenges posed by the changing climate, says Dr Richard Munang.
Despite an abundance of food when production conditions are favourable, the intermittent supply of power and poor storage facilities often mean that staple foods such as vegetables and fruit are lost after being harvested. Two African entrepreneurs are working to curb this waste.
We need to re-align our areas of research so that they inform our development priorities, says Dr Richard Munang.
In July, the UK Court of Appeal dismissed a case against Unilever filed by a group of 218 workers of Unilever Tea Kenya who claimed the company failed to protect them from the ethnic violence. The company is now working towards sacking 11 000 employees to stay “agile in a changing business environment”.
Sustainable, nature-based agriculture and clean energy can be the cornerstone of development that starts at community level, says Dr Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi.
A group of more than 30 Tsonga men and women have been farming parcels of unused urban municipal land on the East Rand for over a decade. “The municipality warns us when someone buys the land, then we move on”.