Food Insecurity Threat to Eastern Africa-Experts

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The pangs of food insecurity brought on by climate change in Eastern Africa could get worse over the years if the sub region does not adopt long-term mechanisms to increase production, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has said. The FAO Representative in Uganda, Alhaji Momodou Jallow says with the onset of climate change that has seen, countries need to adopt alternative ways of mitigating these effects.

The pangs of food insecurity brought on by climate change in Eastern Africa could get worse over the years if the  sub region does not adopt long-term mechanisms to increase production, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has said.
 
The FAO Representative in Uganda, Alhaji Momodou Jallow says with the onset of climate change that has seen, countries need to adopt alternative ways of mitigating these effects.
 
Jallow stresses that governments need to intervene through introducing modern techniques and crop-management practices such as supplying resistant seedlings to farmers, which will in turn boost food production.
 
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Jallow was speaking at the 8th FAO Multidisciplinary Planning Meeting, aimed at strengthening partnerships with FAO partners including the African Union and development partners in order to achieve the goal of eradicating hunger in Africa by 2025.
 
With several communities in Eastern Africa, including Karamoja sub region grappling with food shortage, the FAO coordinator for Eastern Africa, Susan Minae says these areas have the potential to boost crop production if governments heavily invest in services such as supply of fertilisers and implements, as well as construction of roads to access markets.
 
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The Minister of Agriculture, Tress Bucyanayandi, in a speech read by his representative, Dr. Patience Rwamikisa admitted that there are still challenges in food production in the region, citing low use of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, which governments need to tackle urgently.