Irrigation and Farmers support solution to sub-Saharan Africa perennial drought. “We need to be empowered not provided”

As much as humanitarian aid is important in saving lives, let us think of allocating a portion of the millions we perennially sink into emergency relief to irrigate and support farming projects in dry region for enhanced food security. It has been said for long that if you give someone a fish you feed them for a day, but if you show them how to fish you feed them for the lifetime.

It is possible for people living in the sub-Saharan Africa to feed the region by producing their own food if the state as well as non-state actors changed tact and embraced permanent solutions. It is undesirable that irrigation has not been fully exploited and some schemes that starts are not properly managed leading to their collapse.  I many area you will find volumes of water during rainy seasons flowing on the surface and in some cases becoming a problem through flooding, harvesting of this surface water for irrigation will significantly impact on food production.

Israel and Egypt, countries drier than some drought stricken countries in the sub-Saharan Africa, are food sufficient and feeds the world because food security is central to their development agenda. We can do better, if the states and non-states actors focus on the future and embraced permanent solutions rather than short term emergency programs. “We need to be empowered not provided”

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