Solution to ending hunger in Africa: Rally behind smallholder farmers
Millions will go hungry if leaders fail to invest in smallholder farming. Women farmers, in particular, are a vital but seldom seen as part of the solution.
8 out of 10 of the world's smallholder farmers are women, and it is these farmers who produce half the world’s food. In Uganda, women smallholder farmers produce 80% of the food and represent 70% of the farming labor, yet own only 20% of the land.
Women smallholder farmers play a key role in feeding 2 billion people in the world today. We must protect them from the global food crisis.
Women smallholder farmers are the hidden hunger heroes.
Unless governments address their specific needs, hunger will never be eradicated at home and abroad.
This year ActionAid Uganda’s HungerFree Campaign is joining hands with smallholder farmers across the country to raise their voices on climate change, depleted natural resources and sky rocketing food prices that are threatening our ability to feed the ever-growing population of Uganda.
The natural disasters that have recently hit Uganda and the region, such as the landslides in Bududa and Bulambuli and the ongoing floods in the north and eastern parts of the country as well as the ongoing drought and famine affecting much of the Horn of Africa, are caused by overexploited ecosystems, erratic weather patterns and soaring food prices.
Simple investments like food banks, access to land, good quality seeds, storage for crops - the solutions are simple if governments would just prioritise hunger.
Let's ensure that women farmers in Uganda get access to information on good agronomic products, and get more control over productive resources such as land, water, quality seeds and labour. Smallholder farmers must be at the forefront of changing agricultural policies and practices!