Africa needs to go green
Harare, Zimbabwe Business, Breaking News, Climate Change June 30 @ 1:43pm
Source Enos Denhere: Freelance Journalist
Africa Needs To Go Green
Will Africa arise after the Corona virus pandemic is over? Africa need to fully utilise the untapped wealth resources and fight corruption so that her people will not be vulnerable during difficult times. The continent need to focus on grassroots empowerment. Main focus have to be in the following sectors , food production(agriculture revolution) , water and Sanitation , health , electricity energy sources , industrialization revolution, vocational training skills and research centres.
The first port of call is skills then land. Agriculture is the back bone of life, everything comes from the land but if Africa don’t have the skills to make use of the land profitably it will be no use to own the land. The COVID-19 is a game changer in the whole world. The pandemic has exposed several African countries as they are not able to feed its citizens during this difficult times. The recent financial crisis has shown the deep sickness of Africa economy system.
The forefathers in Africa survived from the same agriculture and minerals. All needed is to preserve the African culture .The main challenge is on trying to copy and paste everything from developed countries. Africa need radically approaches on economic revival.
Africa is struggling with poverty despite the fact that it is home to an avalanche of raw materials that are in hot demand around the globe. It can easily become the hub of technology because of the abundance of mineral resources. Sadly several African countries on the continent are languishing in abject poverty.
Although the continent boasts of indigenous and numerous resources, they are poorly distributed among citizens and within provinces/regions. Africa has not yet adopted strategic ways to redistribute such wealth to its people.
Wealth distribution is a problematic issue, but what is even more disturbing is how great and promising resources like precious minerals are exploited by few politically connected people, foreign investors, mafias and big corporations which pay little or no taxes to the country. Such practices have left the African countries twirling in poverty.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has enough timber to supply the whole of Africa for a number of years without running out. They also have the soils and a rainfall pattern that allows for the harvesting of 2 maize crops seasons in a year , in most parts of Africa they only have one growing season and harvest once a year.
COVID-19 pandemic is sending a clear message, awake Africa you need homemade solutions and its working. High time for the continent to be independent and not dependent. This is the opportunity to make Africa a better habitual continent.
Agriculture in Israel is a highly developed industry. Israel is a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agricultural technologies despite the fact that the geography of the country is not naturally conducive to agriculture. More than half of the land area is desert, and the climate and lack of water resources do not favour farming. Only 20% of the land area is naturally arable. In 2008 agriculture represented 2.5% of total GDP and 3.6% of exports. While farmworkers made up only 3.7% of the work force, Israel produced 95% of its own food requirements, supplementing this with imports of grain, oilseeds, meat, coffee, cocoa and sugar. Israel is home to two unique types of agricultural communities, the kibbutz and moshav, which developed as Jews all over the world made Aliyah to the country and embarked on rural resettlement. Desert agriculture in Israel is one of the country's greatest successes, and something at which Israel leads the world. As exciting as technological innovations are, making them impactful will require a broadening of perspective. Agronomists and plant scientists have made incredible progress in understanding what crops need in order to flourish. Now Africa need to develop a similar understanding of what farmers need in order to flourish. Without such an understanding, even the most revolutionary technologies will likely remain unused by the hundreds of millions of smallholders who grow Africa's food. Take drip irrigation, the most famous Israeli agricultural technology. Drip irrigation is proven to deliver the dual benefit of increased production and reduced water, fertilizer and herbicide requirements, exactly what so many Africa farmers need.
The economy is going to start growing when African countries start to realise the importance of agriculture. No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector.
Most African countries have abundant renewable energy resources, including solar energy, wind power, geothermal energy, and biomass, as well as the ability to manufacture the relatively labour-intensive systems that harness these. By developing such energy sources African countries can reduce their dependence on oil and natural gas, creating energy portfolios that are less vulnerable to price rises. In many circumstances, these investments can be less expensive than fossil fuel energy systems. Enough sunlight comes down on our planet every day that if we could harvest it with solar panels and other forms of collection, we could power everything for an entire year.
Renewable is energy that is generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished. This includes sunlight, geothermal heat, wind, tides, water, and various forms of biomass. This energy cannot be exhausted and is constantly renewed. The primary advantage of renewable energy is that fewer potentially harmful emissions are released into the atmosphere.
Africa needs to fully self-impose targets on achieving renewable energy projects. It needs to thrive and able to implement all the targets in time and not sit on sustainable goals.
The mineral industry of Africa is the largest mineral industries in the world. Africa is the second largest continent, with 30 million km² of land, which implies large quantities of resources. For many African countries, mineral exploration and production constitute significant parts of their economies and remain keys to economic growth. Africa is richly endowed with mineral reserves and ranks first or second in quantity of world reserves of bauxite, cobalt, industrial diamond, phosphate rock, platinum-group metals (PGM), vermiculite, and zirconium Gold mining is Africa's main mining resource.
First port of call to full harness all the natural resources all needed are political and economy policies which pleases the local people and foreign investors. Africa have a chance to become an economical giant if resources are rightful channelled and used to improve the local people.
I believe that Africa tariff-free access to a huge and unified market will encourage manufacturers and service providers to leverage economies of scale; an increase in demand will instigate an increase in production, which in turn will lower unit costs. Consumers will pay less for products and services as businesses expand operations and hire additional employees. We look to gain more industrial and value-added jobs in Africa because of intra-African trade
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