Upscaling agricultural productivity via decentralized outreach and communication

The Sahelo-Sudanian zone corresponds with a rainfall range of 300 mm to 600 mm downwards, while the Sudanian zone itself has a southern boundary defined by the 1200 mm annual isohyet. Specific to this note, GIS modeling is sought to helping layout farming strategies based on crop’ varieties, tolerance and local and regional market needs.
 

Africa’s Sahel suffers from degraded soils, erratic rainfall patterns, and an exploding population, all of which hold huge implications for the region’s food security and stability beyond limits. Valerie Amos, the United Nations coordinator for emergency relief, estimated at a conference in Rome earlier this month that 20 million people in the Sahel will face hunger this year, requiring $2 billion in food aid.(http://www.wri.org).

Due to correlative incidence in regional peace and international stability, ODA might seem to be a good jump start in curbing the Sahel pandemic. Government’ authority’ erosion in the absence of solid boundaries across the Sahel region has led to petit thefts, increasing contraband and pirates activities leading to abandonment of villages and local production activities (farming, small scale wood/metal works and alike).

In the short to medium term, stressing use of Commercial finance approach here would help drawing African domestic private sector interest in reaping the benefits of projected high returns in a strategic area of food and nutrition in disarray.

To be effective, one cannot stress enough the need for targeted outreach with culturally competent contents in tune with region’s sociological migratory mix and traits. Advances in solar technology in the region, one of the most exposed to solar power in the world, can help achieve scale economies in non-conventional energy sources, a good buy-in for a private sector open for change.

To be effective, one cannot stress enough the need for targeted outreach with culturally competent contents in tune with region’s sociological migratory mix and traits. Advances in solar technology in the region, one of the most exposed to solar power in the world, can help achieve scale economies in non-conventional energy sources, a good buy-in for a private sector open for change.

In the long run, selective hybrid solutions sought to help addressing  food security  threats and humanitarian assistance can mature significant precedence of endogenous mitigation and adaptation strategies, all ground for continued domestic resource mobilization for challenges ahead.