President of Ghana Appeals to the UN for Partnership in Africa

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The President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 23rd, has asked the asked that the world stop sympathizing with Africa, and instead offer partnership.He has emphasized the necessity for Africa to build up its economy by increasing the worth on its exportable goods. He states, “We need to add value to our natural resources by setting up industries in our countries that will add these values.”

Mahama urges other nations, particularly those in the West, to accept that Africa does not need to be handed money and aid. Rather, Africa needs nations to connect with on an economic level. He assures the United Nations that through endurance- and a sustainable economic partnership- Africa will thrive. Between 1980 and 2012, Ghana’s Human Development Index (HDI), which measures development through life expectancy, educational attainment, and income, rose by .9% annually to .558. In addition, the HDI for the Sub-Saharan region of Africa has risen to .475.See HDI Source: http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/GHA.html

“It’s not sympathy we want; it’s partnership, the ability to stand on our own feet. It’s not handouts we’re in search of; its opportunities. We have already shown that with time and the right opportunity, Africa can make it.”
See Article Source: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=287047

 

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South Africa’s National Food Security Policy

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The government of South Africa has developed a new national food security policy, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.  Under this policy, agricultural land in the country that is seemingly unexploited will be used to make new markets for smaller-scale producers.  This food production “intervention” has been named by the government “Fetsa Tlala,” meaning “end hunger.”

Fetsa Tlala has accomplished much already, with Joemat-Pettersson explaining how 200,000 hectares of land have already been bought to fuel the project in seven provinces of South Africa.  The primary goal of the intervention is to make sure that land that has not been producing food becomes more viable, thus creating a new outflow of agricultural production.  Doing so will boost the economy greatly, because not only will workers be needed for the farms, but smaller enterprises in the agriculture industries will be needed for packaging the products and other post-production needs.

Such a project is a great initiative of the South African government.  It will stimulate local economies where the farms reside, and will ensure the employment of many more people.  Fetsa Tlala will create new markets for small-scale farmers who have not previously had access to a larger group of people to sell their goods to.  Fetsa Tlala may become an extremely important step towards solving many of the hunger problems that exist in South Africa, and will stimulate the income of many South Africans.

For more details: http://allafrica.com/stories/201309180285.html