Former British Prime Minister
Speaking Thursday at the World Food Prize award ceremony in
"African leaders are in the best place to know the priorities for their countries especially when it comes to agriculture. While most of the financial aid comes from the West there is need not to impose their agenda on the region," he said.
The global figure said that by being less bureaucratic, developing countries could provide solutions to hunger on the continent through more creative ways.
With the world's population expected to increase to nine billion people by 2050, the bulk in
The former prime minister urged donors to support African countries become more independent in agricultural production and food security by investing in infrastructure to facilitate food supply and access across households, rather than just donating seed and fertilisers.
"Western governments need to focus on development policies so that they focus more on helping African governments build their capacity to deliver, instead of focusing on small-scale projects that will appeal to the donor community but aren't actually advancing the [recipient] country," he said.
The African governance initiative that
He listed energy and infrastructure as key to increasing agricultural investments in African economies.
"Delivering improvements in agriculture for the large number of people who depend on it for their livelihoods is vital but many governments still lack the capacity to do so effectively," he said.
Early this year the
The donation elicited criticism from civil societies terming it a form of neo-colonialism even though the G8 said that all the initiatives would be led by African leaders.
"If the explosion of mobile phones within
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