Growing the harvest conference aims to look at the food security situation in the region.

The Horn of Africa has just gone through a period of drought that led to famine in Somalia and extreme food shortages in a big part of the region. During this period, over 11 million people were at the risk of starvation. Food prices rose considerably, a factor that complicated an already existing situation where food prices have been rising without falling back to the original levels even after the situations improve.

Guided by the principles of re-thinking agriculture and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), The United Nations Millenium Campaign (UNMC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Church of Canada (UCC) have collaborated to bring together delegates from 18 countries for a consultative meeting on the issue.

Some of the key notable speakers include:

The Secretary General of the OAIC Reverend Nicta Lubaale, the Deputy Director for Africa, United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) Mr. Charles Abugre Akelyira, Regional Co-ordinator for East and Central Africa, United Church of Canada (UCC) Ms. Wendy Gichuru, the Economic Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ms. Fatu Leigh, the National Economist and Policy Advisory Unit, UNDP-Ethiopia Mr. Ato Haile Kibret, Dr. Paul Amuna, a researcher with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Mr. Grace Nyonyintono Lubaale, the Regional Secretary, WSCF, Ms. Georgine Kengne Djeutane, Senior Foreign Policy Analyst, Bread For the World, USA. Ms. Faustine Wabwire among others.

Presentations will be made on the state of Agriculture and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, persistent challenges in the various countries, the link between nutrition & the future life as well as ensuring that farmers are mobilised to ensure that they save and have access to affordable credit.

Efforts shall be made to engage the young agronomists to ensure sustainable productivity. Engaging the government and other stakeholders shall also be key to ensure pro-activeness, to curb the persistent food insecurity.

Fiona Imbali, OAIC Communications.

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