Kagame optimistic about Africa's ability to tackle food insecurity
Jan 31, 2011
Rwandan President Paul Kagame spoke at a World Food Programme (WFP) event held at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, expressing optimism that Africa has the resources it needs to address its issues with food security.
Kagame said that the continent has a large potential to convert many hectares of arable land and that no one should go hungry with the available resources at hand, AllAfrica.com reports.
"There should be no reason why any child, family, woman in Africa should go hungry because...if you look at the arable land in Africa that is not put to good use for food production, if you look at the food situation globally if we resolve the problems of access and distribution, there are serious challenges but also immense opportunities," he said.
Kagame stressed the importance of partnerships between the public and private sectors, increased awareness and education as well as the inclusion and rights of women in the production process.
According to the news source, Kagame maintained that Rwanda has surmounted many of its food security issues due to womens' contribution, school feeding programs and education initiatives.