SEEDING AFRICA LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO AVAIL ORGANIC SEEDS TO LOCAL FARMING COMMUNITIES IN FOUR AFRICAN COUNTRIES (LIBERIA, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE AND TANZANIA)

Seeding Africa-a non-profit organization founded by Africans on the continent and in the diaspora has today 2nd December 2021 at its global management office in Oslo announced strong plans to promote resilience of women and youth in Africa through organic farming, climate adaptation and peace building starting with 4 African Countries that is Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Tanzania-targeting 600 women and youth in each country in the first quota.

As of now tens of millions of people in rural Africa are experiencing harder times as relying on erratic rains, exhausted soils and underinvestment are sinking them deeper into poverty as agriculture- the mainstay of their livelihoods continues to face challenges. Citing the potential environmental risks to African soils and water sources from too much imported chemical fertilizer being applied to farms, Seeding Africa is urging farmers to use more animal manure, compost and other organic fertilizers. If farmers better integrate stock-raising with crop cultivation, cattle and other livestock could provide them with not only more manure but also with animal traction for ploughing fields and hauling crops after they are harvested. 

One way to make organic fertilizers more available and affordable is to increase local production. This can reduce costs, ease the pressure on foreign currency reserves and shorten the supply chain to farmers.

Through a series of public events planned in the first quarter of 2022, Seeding Africa seeks to build support for more investments in food security-ensuring that there is available organic health food for everyone on the continent including for future generations, ensure farmers who deliver positive benefits to health and environment, who create jobs, who reduce emissions while building soil carbon, who produce food while co-existing with biodiversity are rewarded.

“The food we eat is mostly cheap because it’s a commodity grown in a way that exploits natural capital, diminishes soil fertility, causes emissions that lead to climate change, pulverizes biodiversity and causes rain forest destruction-You don’t have to pay for such damage”, says Ms. Edwina Jenny Flathen Taylor-Founder & President of Seeding Africa.

Seeding Africa’s officials at today’s announcement included Ms. Edwina Jenny Flathen Taylor- Founder & President, Dr. David Mukasa Bulonge-Uganda Country Representative, Ms. Shean Mukocheya Simango-Zimbabwe Country Representative, Mr. Yakubu Adams-Grants Manger, and Mr. Alexander Chiejina-PR and Media officer. Also announcing their participation in the initiative, were representatives of women and youth groups, NGOs and community-based organizations in targeted countries.

About Seeding Africa

Seeding Africa is a non-profit organization that deploys a human- centered -design approach and a Theory of Change to Support the Resilience of livelihoods of Women and young people in Africa through Agriculture.

Founded by Africans on the continent and in the diaspora, Seeding Africa trains, sources and supplies organic seeds to local farming communities on the continent to enable them earn a living, feed current and future generations-focusing on 3 main thematic areas that is;

i) Organic Farming and ICT as an alternative that women and youth on the continent pursue as a means to their inclusion- Seeding Africa supports the development of Organic farming skills for employability agenda (both core skills and technical) to enhance employability for marginalized women and youth (including statistical survey, rapid assessments, and baselines), Advocacy and awareness raising to ensure the skills acquired meet the demands of current and future programing; testing and identifying effective approaches to Agriculture employment programming that promotes inclusiveness putting more emphasis on Programs that target marginalized groups (e.g. programs targeting at-risk young mothers, single mothers and victims of domestic violence).

ii) Peace Development/ Protection, using Agriculture and Social enterprise as a reach out strategy to break barriers that keep them from community engagement and inclusion activities. Seeding Africa wants to produce a multiplier effect that spans across all sectors by empowering all, ensuring women access to Communal owned lands, inheritance rights and resources to enable them lead meaningful lives and contribute to the social and economic aspects of society. We would like to see more advocacy, capacity building, reforms made and funding tailored to this cause

iii)Climate Adaptation & Environmental Protection. Seeding Africa supports the development of skills for Safeguarding Africa’s future and agricultural self-sustenance across all levels of society in all 54 African states-promoting preparedness and adaptation.