Saturday, 1 November 2014


UNIQUE  exhibition on Family Family farming  ends on Friday at French Culture Center in Nairobi attracting numerous farmers and  general  visitors
Apart from that there was Urban farming selection which includes vegetables and onions in sucks by  Francis Ilahaka art  culture and arts writer co. vegetables and Urban farming promoter in Nairobi County.
 The project is apart of his book in the  pipeline Hand Book on Urban farming and short  documentary  film the exhibition shocked many people among them media friends wondering how culture and arts writer decide to become Dirty and Dirty  with the major objective of promoting traditional vegetables and urban farming in the city
 Farming and Family farming represents the social base for most developing countries and constitutes the main form of agricultural organizations worldwide. It contributes to both domestic and international markets. Family agriculture thus accounts for almost 80% of global food production, 98% of food production in sub-Saharan Africa and almost all cotton, cocoa and coffee production worldwide.
Covering around 40% of the planet’s agriculture land, family farms are the number one source of employment worldwide. Yet, they also paradoxically account for the majority of farmers living in poverty and food insecurity.
Family farms are hugely diverse in terms of cultivated area, equipment used and type of production. They exist in all ecosystems, from arid grazing lands and urban hinterlands to the large fertile agricultural plains.
In 2050, the planet will be inhabited by 9 million inhabitants. Most population growth will take place in developing countries and cities, which will require more resources. Dwindling energy supplies and climate changes will call for new models for sustainable agriculture. Family farms are capable of meeting these changes and have demonstrated their capacity for innovation and adaptation over centuries. They will however need support, particularly in countries sin the global south, from ad hoc policies and mechanisms (such as professional training and land tenure security)
Rapid improvement in family farming performance is possible, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where productivity remains lower on average than in other parts of the world despite similar soil conditions. The farm area could be increased and production intensified while preserving natural resources and bio-diversity. These new production modes can be achieved through private and public investment.
Developing family farming has been for several decades at the heart of AFD’s mission. More than 300 projects directed at family farmers were financed between 2008 and 2012, most in Sub-Saharan Africa. AFD’s technical skills and its network of agencies a=have provided a wealth of experience in the field.
IN order to accompany family farm evolution towards more inclusive and sustainable models, AFD aims-in Sub-Saharan Africa from 2013 to 2016- to increase its food security and rural development commitment to 15%. This would make EUR 400 million available for about 30 new programmes each year during the period.
To tackle the problem of food security, employment and environmental preservation, family farms must start walking on a new development path.
IN Africa, given the demographics, training rural young people is a significant challenge. Farming must be professionalized to increase farmer’s skills and their share of responsibility in strategic planning in strategic planning at the local, national and international level. IN Cameroon, under the Debt Reduction and Development Contract (C2D), AFD is accompanying several complimentary projects to boost farming sector competitiveness (involving 25,000 farms). For example, the AFOP project (support for professional training) has revised curriculums and reinforced education skills to increase the potential of future technicians and farmers.
In Benin, several thousand farmers are benefiting from farm-management advice to spectacular effect, resulting in reduction in hardship periods of food shortage between harvests, improvements in harvests and revenue and a trend of emerging new project, particularly those run by women ( creation