NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka
PARTICIPANTS from Zambia were among other delegates from 27 African countries that have benefitted from a capacity building course aimed at strengthening skills of policy-makers to address challenges of growing the agriculture sector.
The countries include Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria and Senegal.
This is contained in a statement issued by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on Friday.
The course, which was organised by African Institute for Economic Development and Planning for public officials, was held in Senegal recently.
Participants were exposed to some of the best practices that serve as relevant examples of how an integrated and comprehensive agricultural policy regime has been used to promote economic transformation and social well-being.
The course also raised awareness for Africans to improve the terms of trade for African agricultural exports, and to also have a watchdog attitude regarding new issues centering on introduction of genetically-modified crops.
Others were sustainability of the environment, and increased interest of international financial speculators in international agricultural markets among others.
The modules presented emphasised agricultural policy, which is fit for the challenges faced by African countries and which must capture the complex interconnections between domestic and global processes for durable national development to be delivered through opportunities offered by the agriculture sector.
Commenting on the development, technical advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment Modou Mboup said that Africa hosts a huge spectrum of suitable agro-climatic conditions that allow a broad range of diverse agricultural production.