The United Nations together with all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institution agreed on eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.
MDG 1 calls for the proportion of people who suffer from hunger to be halved between 1990 and 2015. In other words, MDG 1 is about eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. In a continent like Africa, where escalating food prices result of a 23 percent increase (in US dolar terms) in the FAO Food Price Index from 2006 to 2007, the number of people left hungry has increased. Nearly one billion people – equal to the populations of both the USA and Europe – do not have enough to eat.
A country where their people are starving and farming is the main industry, rural prosperity would be a development catalyst in Africa. But in order to create a prosperous rural Africa the promised aid is vital, which, in turn, can provide a springboard for development across the continent.
Farm Africa is a NGO supporting farmers from dry rangelands to lush forests in five east African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Farm Africa’s impact has benefited 30.000 people in Babati, Tanzania from doubled crop yields, doubled the number of children going to school, 770.000 hectares of forest now protected in Ethiopia, increased by 600% the value of wild coffee harvest in Bale, Ethiopia, and by 249% in sorghum crop harvests in Kitui County, Kenya.
Nguuzi, his wife and three children didn’t have enough food to eat when his crops were badly affected by drought. But with FarmAfrica’s help, he learned how to water his crops by using the drip irrigation techniques and a water tank built to him. He earns money by selling his green gram crop through a farmers’ group, his family can eat porridge now, and he is able to pay for school uniforms so that his children can attend school.
Nguuzi is only one example out of many others benefited from NGO’s help. By setting up water points to improve access to clean, safe water, for families, livestock, FarmAfrica added five dams and four boreholes, which improved farmers’ access to water and allowed drip feed irrigation sites to be established close to these water sources. Eight farmers are already benefiting through the sale of vegetables grown on these drip irrigation sites.
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Source: un.org, theguardian.com
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Camilla G.//SMC Editor