Agricultural expert warns of dire consequence for food production on the African continent if urgent steps are not taken to combat climate change
6/7/2012 1:42:03 PM -
The price of basic food commodities on the African continent is set to rise to unbearable levels, if urgent steps are not taken to combat climate change. An Agricultural Expert and Executive Director of Agric focused NGO - Agro Mindset Organization, Mr. David Asare Asiamah, who gave the caution warns that this is likely to increase the spate of food insecurity on the continent with its attendant rise in poverty. Speaking to the media after a ceremony to donate waste cans to the Kwamo Senior Technical School in Kumasi as part of activities to mark World Environment Day, he called on governments and other stakeholders to take urgent steps to halt incidents of environmental pollution, in order to conserve the environment.
Handing over the cans to the school, Mr. Asiamah expressed hope that the donation would go a long way to encourage the youth to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development, give a human face to environmental issues and promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues. The celebration of world environmental day was under the theme; 'Green Economy: Does it include you?' He warned that the trend of an increasing rise in the earth's temperature as a result of climate change is gradually making the dual goals of increasing farm production, while sustaining the environment for use by future generations a mirage. He cautions that if steps are not taken to conserve the environment, farmers would find it more difficult producing foodstuff with passing time, triggering higher food prices, hence causing food insecurity, thus resulting in increased poverty.
Mr. Asiamah said it was worrying that only few people are concerned about climate change, ignorant of the fact that life would be unbearable when farmers can't produce more to feed the rising human population. He noted that the entire world needs to find ways to intensify agricultural production while protecting the environment. He cautioned that unsustainable environmental degradation and natural resource usage threatens to reverse progress in agriculture, the food miles dilemma and would affect other sectors.
Mr. Asiamah explained AGRO MINDSET ORGANISATION is an NGO, engaged in advocating the youth on developing a career in agriculture and its related sciences, its entrepreneurial excellence and rural development. He noted that at the organization, they are of the firm believe that 'promoting global prosperity is both a moral duty and in our national interest in the area of Agriculture. It represents tremendous value for money, and good for our economy, our safety and our future.' The vision of the Agro Mindset Organisation, he said, is to build a green revolution where the youth having attained academic skill and knowledge relating to agribusiness can develop the knowledge and skill towards career requirements and industry expectation, apply and transfer the knowledge, skill and technology in a variety of settings for sustainable development in Africa.