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Food Security and Environmental Sustainability vital for Africa says Don

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Thu, 2012-11-22 13:30
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Food security and environmental sustainability are key issues that the world is grappling with today. Prof. P. K. Ramachandran Nair from the University of Florida, Gainesville, giving a lecture on the issue reiterated that even though man has to get his needs from the environment, it must not be at the cost of the environment itself.  

The Don was speaking at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences of the University of Nairobi at a seminar organized by the Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) on 9th November, 2012. The seminar, titled “Food Security and Environmental Sustainability in Africa: Back to the Future” attracted more than 150 participants including University dons, students and other stakeholders. 

In her opening remarks, the Principal of the College, Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe appreciated the efforts made by CSDES in organizing the seminar and thanked those who spared time to attend. She also thanked Prof. Ramachandran for taking time to give the eye opening lecture at the University. “We consider your coming a privilege and wish to sincerely thank you for coming to share with us.” She said.

Prof. Ramachandran during the lecture shared statistics that indicated that Africa is growing hungrier by the day even though the world food production per person is improving. Due to this, the don stressed that Africa needs an “Evergreen Agriculture” to rescue the situation. “Evergreen Agriculture” emphasizes the application of science for tree-based management practices, optimum use of fertilizer and organic resources, and the knowledge to adapt these to local conditions, for increased crop productivity at a sustained level. Some of the solutions for Africa lie within traditional practices, he emphasized. “It is not a question between modern technologies and traditional practices.” He said.

 

 

 

 

 

A section of the audience attentively follows the presentation at the seminar.

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