Resilience Programming Critical To Improving Small-Scale Farmers’ Income Potential, Food Supply
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Sowing the seeds of resilience in Southern Africa’s epic drought
Agnes Kalibata, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
“…Improving [small scale farmers’] income potential not only helps countries develop economically, but also ensures a steadier supply of food. … Resilience programming — how to anticipate crises like Southern Africa’s current drought and prepare the people on the ground for the worst impacts — has been embraced by most development initiatives now. … You can see this in the U.S. with the Global Food Security Act, which President Obama just signed into law. This bill would amplify available resources from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) … as the worst impacts from El Niño continue to reverberate in Southern Africa. Natural disasters will always bring tragedy. But with the seeds planted for rural transformation, small-scale farmers can lift themselves out of poverty…” (8/1).