The dawn of a new era of wealth and quality living development for South Africa and Africa.
Through the restoring of our peoples’ dignity and the unlocking of our human potential.
The overall key question however is simplify this :- In ten years do we want to say?
1) We have eradicated the history of colonization, (with still thousands of our people trapped in poverty and malnutrition)
2) That we have successfully repositioned SA and Africa as a value adding global and international partner with proud global citizens.( With proud people whose dignity have been restored and are able to compete internationally).
To understand the challenges facing the South African government, it is important to understand the challenges facing Africa. These are dealt with in section “Africa the new future” http://agri2000.co.za/?page_id=48
b) Briefly the challenges of Africa:-
In assessing the challenges of Africa, a person needs to recognize that there are many success stories. For example smallholder farmers under the World Bank and United Nations programs. However, a person needs to measure progress in a particular area such as food production against the requirement of the population growth.
In terms of poverty, a person needs to assess this against a global competitive framework. For example, Africa currently represents 13% of the world population. Yet it has less than 3% of the global manufacturing. This coupled with knowledge economic value adding activities, of which Africa currently have less than 1% of global activities.
The reality is that with accelerating value adding activities in other regions, Africa’s GDP per capita gap with the rest of the world will increase. In other words; despite progress in manufacturing in Africa, Africa in reality is getting poorer and poorer compared to the rest of the world
In assessing solutions as proposed under Agri 2000 it is important to note that any situation have many solutions. The solutions proposed under the agri 2000 program have been assessed to be the foundation solutions.
For example, despite the successes of small farmer programs, the collective growth and current programs of those developments falls far short, of the requirement to:-
1) overcome existing nutritional problems in Africa and worst of all
2) the small farmer success growth rate seen against the required food production rate of the growing population needs, is in fact negative and this negative gap is growing exponentially. (This does not even take into account urbanization.)
- What this means is that poverty and malnutrition in Africa will increase, as indeed is the case. Africa is the only region where malnutrition and poverty have increased over the past ten years despite general progress.
- But what is more important small farm holdings (with current technology and production levels) simply cannot provide the necessary work opportunities for the growing population.
This translates at ground level that:-
1) The only solution is to build value adding and knowledge economic, economies in Africa.
2) That large scale commercial farming has to be accelerated because malnutrition is key to breaking poverty and restoring human dignity.
In short it requires not historical driven policies but future driven directed policies.
d) The question is simply, in ten years do we want to say?
1) We have eradicated the history of colonization, or
2) That we have successfully repositioned Africa, as a value adding global and international partner with proud global citizens.