PRESS RELEASE
AfrII stresses need to focus on intensive production of drought tolerant crops
for food security
KAMPALA, October 14 2016- Today, the world is witnessing an unprecedented wave of food crises/ emergencies linked to climate change and natural  disasters.  This has largely affected the food security issue and this can have severe consequences for long –term food sustainability, says Africa Innovations Institute (AfrII).
The need to strategize and come up with effective measures  to curb this  is  a practical approach that can help farmers out there understand the changes in climate and what it means for their crops to survive, what can be done and what foods should come in play to address issues of food security and nutrition.
“First of all, advancing food security in achieving SDG 2: Zero hunger is crucial  and to get there, we need to focus on farming drought tolerant crops like cassava, sweet potatoes and sorghum. These are crops that adapt to the most-harsh temperatures like the dry spell but also there is a lot we can get from these crops like being assured of both food and nutrition security”  says Professor George William Otim -Nape, the C.E.O Africa Innovations Institute
(AfrII) speaking to the media.
People out there need to clearly understand the contribution of these crops, their benefits (Wealth,  health and commercial.  He urged the Government  to ensure that  farmers  get access to high yielding improved varieties of  these crops to sustain production for these crops have a positive effect on economic growth and poverty reduction. Meanwhile, in his remarks Mr. Francis Alacho CAVA II Uganda Country Manager, said that the threatening food crises affecting Uganda are worrying yet Uganda is a country that is rich in soil fertility and can solve its food crisis issues.
“For Uganda to suffer with food shortage is a topic that is worrying. While more and more is being put  in the ground,  there is  need however  for  farmers  to adopt  good agricultural practices including better harvesting techniques, storage” Mr Alacho said.
The remarks come ahead of this year’s commemoration of the World Food Day (16 October 2016) that focuses on ‘Climate is changing. Food and Agriculture must too’.
The Africa Innovations  Institute (AfrII)  is  an indigenous,  not-for-profit  non-governmental Centre  of  excellence,  established  in  2005  and  based  in  Kampala,  Uganda.
AfrII undertakes agricultural research and innovations that transform the lives and incomes of  smallholder  farmers  while  ensuring  food  and  nutrition  security  and  environmental sustainability. The institute brings together leading experts in agricultural and food systems innovations  in Africa to adequately  explore global  science and the best  innovations for accelerated  agricultural  development  in  Eastern  Africa  through  participatory  and consultative  processes
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Africa Innovations institute
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