Accra—Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday in Accra, charged African leaders to set the target of 2025 for achieving “Green Revolution in Africa ”.
Speaking at a session to celebrate the achievements of Norman Borlaug, “the father of Green Revolution”, Obasanjo said it has become imperative for African agriculture to be transformed within a short time.
The special session was organised by Alliance for Green Revolution (AGRA) which is holding its annual conference in the Ghanaian capital.
“Let us set a target of five years. By 2025 the continent must have attained Green Revolution but the action and time must be devoid of African time syndrome, because with African time, it will be a mirage,” Obasanjo said.
He said Africa must double its production before 2050 to avoid starvation in the continent that might come following an anticipated increase of the continent’s population to 1.8 billion and a decline in food production per capita.
He said Africa must be prepared with strong political will and determination to succeed to fight the battle and “make the dream of Norma Borlaug come to reality”.
Obasanjo said Borlaug had dedicated his life to improving agricultural production particularly working with peasant farmers.
“All his life, he helped apply various methods of increasing food production in Asia and Africa to attain “Green Revolution,” a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes him as saying.
The former President noted that there is a big potential for agriculture in Africa and this could only be achieved through a Green Revolution.
He, however, stressed that Africa must develop its own technologies, improved crop varieties and other essential components to achieve its own Green Revolution.
Noman Borlaug was an American agronomist and a “Nobel Laureate, who committed his life to improving agricultural production in developing countries earning himself the nickname of
“The Father of Green Revolution”