The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has been able to carve a niche for itself due to Africa’s desire to transform its agriculture since it came on board in 2003.
The focus has been on addressing Africa’s food security prospects through agricultural technology. The organisation believes that the agricultural sector is a key pillar as Africa consolidates its economic growth and carves out its new position as a major global economic powerhouse.
Food crisis in West Africa worsening
While farmers are battling with locusts in northeastern Kenya as, the food crisis in West Africa is worsening as over 16 million people are currently under threat. People in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to meet their daily food needs. The food crisis is the worst in the region since 2012, according to researchers.
Current statistics from the World Food Programme show that low growth, rising population, drought, and floods have combined to worsen food insecurity in the Southern African region too as a record 45 million people face severe food insecurity.
Although the situation seems hopeless, many organisations are involved in aiding the vulnerable and poor. Some of these organisations have started a gradual revolution capable of, not only making Africa self-sufficient in food production but also, scaling up the quality of food.