Uganda, Feb 7 – Uganda is leading in agriculture development in East Africa taking early initiatives to implement the sector’s plan to achieve desired results and harvest benefits ahead of its neighbouring countries. The new policies that were introduced aim at eradicating the poverty level in African countries and better the lives of individuals.
On a larger scale, East Africa region is leading other African regions in the race to implement the transformation policies. Having tasted the bitter pill of unmitigated prolonged drought and food insecurity, the Sub-Saharan states have been on the watch out to ensure they get back to their feet.
A Scorecard tracking the Malabo Declaration has set the East African region on the pedestal of the agricultural-changing policies. Most of these countries have set their financial budget inclined to the backbone of their economy, agriculture, as they look to feed their citizens and bolster their economy.
The policies seek to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of individuals by 2025 in Africa. The agricultural goals set in June 2014 by Heads of State that attended the African Union Summit held in the country’s capital, aim at achieving milestones in the sector. The tracks of progress need to be monitored to ensure countries adhere to the objectives.
According to the Scorecard, East Africa scored 4.20, a 0.26 increase from the previous points the region achieved in 2017. This is a clear sign the region is on it ways to meet its objectives in the sector.
Landlocked country, Rwanda was the best agriculturally transformed state in the continent, with a massive 6.1 score, courtesy of political reformations and institutional customary changes. Ethiopia came second in order with a score of 5.3, followed by Kenya with 4.8. Burundi fell short with 0.1 to record 4.7 as Uganda settled with 4.5.
During the AU Summit in Malabo, the governments committed to end hunger by 2025 having a map to achieve that. They agreed to cut post-harvest losses by the same year too.
As part of the recent commitments, the AU Heads of State and Government in the Malabo Declaration committed to ending hunger by 2025 and to achieve this they further resolved to halve the current levels of post-harvest losses by the year 2025.