• • CENFACS’ 2018 Year in Review
CENFACS’ Year in Review tells a story of poverty relief and sustainable development in 2018 in pictures in monthly development calendar.
2018 started at CENFACS as a dedication to the Local People or a Local Year. To effect the year, we conducted a Local Campaign Year.
Looking back at the images of poverty relief and sustainable development that shaped 2018 at CENFACS, we are pleased to present them to you as follows.
Looking ahead to 2019, we hope we will able to continue to develop sustainable initiatives to help reduce poverty and enhance sustainable development in the UK and in Africa. Projects and programmes of transition to circular and new climate economies are our carriers in this New Year.
• • Abstract of the Issue no. 62 of FACS, issue entitled:
HOW TO CREATE AND SUSTAIN AGRICULTURAL MARKETS FOR AFRICAN SMALL SCALE FARMERS AND FARM PRODUCE IN 2019 AND BEYOND
Agriculture remains central for poverty relief and sustainable development in Africa. Within the agricultural sector, African small scale farmers and farm produce are pivotal. However, these farmers and their produce experience many problems if one does not want to say barriers. The issues impeding their growth include the following: the lack of market facilities, deficiency of key support to poor farmers, the absence of genuine incentive regulations etc.
The above stated issues fall within the background of the need to improve market facilities and infrastructures for Africa’s small scale farmers and farm produce. It is the need to create and sustain agricultural markets for them. However, creating and sustaining agricultural markets is not end itself unless someone talk about improving people’s life, especially the poorest of them. In this respect, creation and sustaining agricultural markets finds its foundation in the necessity, if not a compulsion, to reduce and end poverty as well as enhance sustainable development.
Yet, these above lacks leave less scope for CENFACS’ Africa-based Sister Organisations compared to their need of trying to set up and implement agricultural sustainable initiatives to tackle poverty and hardships; including agricultural income-generating projects and programmes. The problem of agricultural markets is not made easier by the big agro-industrial multinational corporations that tend to control the agricultural markets marginalising small farmers.
Creating and sustaining agricultural markets is paramount in the fight against poverty and hardships. It helps poor small scale farmers to seize opportunities in the African and global markets, to integrate and benefit from free trade areas, to upgrade and add value to their produce. It finally provides them with ways of reducing poverty and enhancing sustainable development.
This is the abstract of the 62nd Issue of FACS, CENFACS’ bilingual newsletter. The Issue will cover the following thematically poverty relieving areas: agricultural finances for poverty relief, female farmer entrepreneurs, trade and market information for female agricultural traders, informal cross-border agricultural traders, agricultural products and regional value chains, connection between buyers and sellers of agricultural products, agricultural products and gender minorities, African poor farmers in imperfect competition markets, paperless or e-information in the agricultural sector, digital agriculture and farming, empowering African poor farmers and Africa-based Sister Organisations, les fermiers et produits cultivés africains dans les parts des marchés agricoles, and Africa feed Africa with Agriculture project.
To enquire or to get further details about this 62nd Issue of FACS, contact CENFACS.
Nine Developments to look forward to in 2019
Fair share of the fruits of economic growth
It does not matter how small or big the economic growth is. What is important is that the fruits of economic growth are shared or distributed fairly or equitably. In particular, its share to reduce poverty needs to be enough in order to bring about the results expected from any poverty reduction policy or programme.
Bringing better change in Africa in 2019 means that improving the share of poverty reduction as part of the fruits of economic growth to be distributed.
Development 1: How to improve the share of poverty reduction as part of the fruits of economic growth in Africa.
2019 African Elections
Democratic elections are often said to be the answer to many of the problems that Africa faces. In 2019, there will be elections in dozen of African countries. One can hope that the outcomes of these elections and those who will be elected will be the real servant of the poor.
What is true is that 2019 will be another milestone for better political change for those countries which will go to polls; change that one can expect to translate into poverty reduction and sustainable development.
Development 2: The 2019 elected African leaders to be the servant of the poor people
Institutions of poverty relief and sustainable development
Having institutions that effectively and efficiently deal with poverty reduction and sustainable development really matter. Many institutions in Africa claim to be democratic and working for people. But, do they really deal with poverty and sustainable development of the poor as they claim?
The democratic test of these institutions in 2019 is to see how they will impact poverty and sustainable development.
Development 3: Making African institutions work for poor and sustainable development
All the development analysts and practitioners recognize that conflict is one the major factors holding Africa’s progress back for many decades if not centuries. Armed conflicts and wars have claimed many lives, destroyed infrastructures and wasted time for Africa’s sustainable development.
2019 should be of armed conflicts reduction, if not end, as any policies and programmes for poverty relief and sustainable development can only genuinely be implemented in the context of peace and security.
Development 4: The reduction of armed conflicts to become effective on the grounds
Recognising the value of women’s contribution in Africa’s society should not be only a matter of political speeches and academic discourses. Amongst women are those other women who try to set up a business or already in business not only to make ends meet for themselves, but to lift others (i.e. the entire family or society) out of poverty.
2019 should be the year of valuing the work of women entrepreneurs in Africa, of funding their businesses.
Development 5: Funding businesses run by African women
To reduce the adverse effects and impacts of climate change, we all require doing something. One of the things we need to do is to try rethinking or transiting in the way we consume energy. Africa too needs to do its own energy transition in 2019 and beyond in order to reduce deforestation and land degradation. As the circular economic theory tells us no one needs to destroy vast amount of forests, the nature and environment to deal with poverty.
2019 can be a challenging year for energy transition in Africa in finding sustainable way of consuming energy while still keeping pace with poverty reduction and sustainable development.
Development 6: Transiting to sustainable sources of energy
Making a new climate economy works for all means that children as well as adult are educated to such an extent that they can embrace that new climate economy. So, educating children and training adult people regarding climate issues in Africa will help not only to deal with climate change. It will as well create new opportunities for the poor.
Developing climate skills in Africa in 2019 will help both to tackle the adverse effects and impacts of climate change and climate induced-poverty.
Development 7: Developing climate skills and reducing climate-induced poverty
Migration continues to be a burning issue in Africa and elsewhere as environmental disasters and climate events continue to strike in Africa and elsewhere. The consequences of these events are that people get forcibly displaced and involuntarily migrated. Since sometimes, there has been a new trend or phenomenon of migration in Africa; that is climate migration within Africa.
2019 could be the year of seriously taking this emerging phenomenon of migration because of adverse climate change.
Development 8: Reduce the root causes of climate migration and support climate migrants
It is good to argue to reduce climate change. It should be good as well for those countries and people who could not afford to finance adverse climate change reduction programme to be supported. For the purpose of climate finance to the poor, CENFACS’ Financial Odyssey is a starting point about climate finance debate.
2019 should also be of mobilising finance for those who cannot bear the cost or bill of adverse climate change reduction in Africa.
Development 9: Meeting the climate finance needs of Africa’s poor and vulnerable people
Donate to support CENFACS!
FOR ONLY £1, YOU CAN SUPPORT CENFACS AND CENFACS’ PROJECTS, JUST GO TO http://cenfacs.org.uk/supporting-us/
Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.
Thank you as well to those who made or make comments about our weekly posts.
We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support throughout 2019.
With many thanks